Thu, Oct 15 Frankie's
Poll Winners: A Tribute to Barney Kessel featuring Bill Coon
Time 8:00 pm
The Poll Winners trio comprised guitarist Barney Kessel, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Shelly Manne, who each managed to place first on his respective instrument in the 1956 Down Beat, Metronome, and Playboy Readers' Polls. Kessel was an outstanding soloist; capable of almost trumpet-like phrases delivered with rhythmic bite and flexibility—unusual in guitarists of the era. His clear, boppish lines intertwine neatly with Brown's loping pulse and Manne's lightly swinging drums, while Brown's solos are almost as dexterous as the guitarist's. It's low-key, melodic music, equally suited for casual and close listening. With Bill Coon guitar, Jodi Proznick bass, Jesse Cahill drums.