The Shadow of Your Smile

Barney Kessel

Sweden, 1973

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Barney Kessel delivers a delightful solo performance of “The Shadow of Your Smile” during a 1973 episode of Swedish television.

Kessel is renowned as one of the most accomplished practitioners of the chord-melody style of solo guitar. This technique allows the guitarist to seamlessly integrate the melody into the chord progression, essentially playing both the melody and harmony simultaneously.

“The Shadow of Your Smile,” penned by Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster for the 1965 film “The Sandpiper,” has gained recognition as a pop song, covered by artists like Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Perry Como, and others. Yet, it has also found a special place among jazz musicians as a favored piece to explore.


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