Feb 152018

I love jazz. I love guitars. I love to hear jazz cats playing jazz on their guitars! It makes me smile. 🙂

George Barnes Quartet, Blues Going Up.

Blues Going Up is a nice jazz swing album featuring George Barnes (guitar), Duncan James (guitar), Benny Barth (drums), and Dean Reilly (bass), that was recorded live at Bimbo’s “supper club” on April 17, 1977.

Concord Jazz ‎– CJ-43, Vinyl, LP, US, 1977, Jazz, Swing.

This is a vibrant live set featuring some great jazz and guitar playing that you can buy for as little as $6.75 USD on Discogs.

This live recording sounds very natural, and of course live-like given it is a live recording.

Blues Going Up doesn’t exaggerate a sense of space, imaging, soundstaging, and resolution in audiophile-like distraction fashion (thankfully), so traditional audiophiles might not enjoy this as much as a music lover.

The musical nuance evident in the playing is superb, tone is fantastic, and Blues Going Up really put a smile on my face. Way recommended!

Carl Kress / George Barnes / Bud Freeman ‎– Two Guitars And A Horn (Volume II]

Two Guitars And A Horn is another great jazz album, featuring Carl Kress (guitar), George Barnes (guitar), and Bud Freeman (tenor sax).

Stash Records ‎– ST-228, Vinyl, LP, US, 1983, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz.

Two Guitars And A Horn was recorded live at the New York jazz club Chuck’s Composite in 1962, and you can pick up a copy on Discogs for around $10 USD.

The cover says it’s a stereo recording, but it sounds more like mono with its narrow center focus.

My Westminster’s sporting their Harris tweed sport coats.

This is great music, and to hear these two great guitarists play such great jazz is a real treat, and Bud Freeman’s tenor sax is magic!

Two Guitars And A Horn is a little more vivid sounding than Blues Going Up, and is not quite as smooth and natural sounding, but I think it’s awesome for the music! 

For those who enjoy details this recording is highly resolving, and you can hear everything they’re doing on the guitars & horn, as well as chairs squeaking, audience chatter, cash registers clanging, and glasses toasting.

Two Guitars And A Horn is another terrific jazz guitar album that’s an easy recommendation!

As always, thanks for stopping by, and may the tone be with you!

 Posted by at 2:00 pm

  6 Responses to “Two jazz guitar LPs to ease you into the weekend!”

  1. Speaking of guitars and guitar music, the carve-top on the wall, what can you tell us about it? We have very similar interests, I love fine guitars, hand-made steel bikes, and of course audio and horn speakers.

    • Hi Gustavo,

      Oh yeah, I love guitars and fine bicycles too, and I’m looking forward to the weather improving a bit so I can get out and ride more! 🙂

      My archtop on the wall is an Eastman Uptown AR910CE, which is about to go up for sale as I start looking for a nice example of a vintage Gibson ES150 archtop. The ES150 is the guitar that Charlie Christian played, and I love its jazzy tone.

      Kind regards,


  2. Hi Jeff.
    These albums look great, especially the Two Guitars and a Horn

    Have you heard the album Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass did together called Take Love Easy? It was recorded in 1973 and put out in 1974 by Pablo Records. I picked it up yesterday from a flea market, and the level of fidelity is flat out bonkers. Joe’s guitar sounds like he’s sitting in the room, playing straight through the Valencias.

    • Hey Grant,

      Oh yeah, Take Love Easy is a favorite of mine. World class guitar and world class voice, you can’t beat it!

      Kind regards,


  3. Good to hear you liked the George Barnes records. (I recommended those to you back on your Sunday Afternoon thread.). Two others to keep an eye out for are “George Barnes/Carl Kress—Town Hall Concert” and another Barnes/Kress recording “Guitars Anyone?”. The latter is a studio recording. Both are very nice.

    • Hey Sal,

      Right after your recommendation I ordered them off of Discogs. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the others too!

      Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂

      Kind regards,


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