Second installment in the popular Easy Tempo series, which spotlights many different kinds of Easy Listening and Lounge grooves from Italy, recorded in the '60s and '70. Packed with everything from sultry, sugary female vocals to gorgeous string filled arrangements suitable for any elevator voyage and including many classic Italian soundtrack recordings. It's eclectic, eccentric, exotic and erotic! 18 tracks from the likes of Armando Trovajoli, Gianni Oddi, Giancarlo Gazzani and more. Right Tempo.
Other than four songs apiece released by Onyx and Verve, the CD reissue of Easy Like, Vol. 1 has guitarist Barney Kessel's first sessions as a leader, performances which launched his longtime association with the Contemporary label. Augmented by two "new" alternate takes, the set features Kessel in boppish form with quintets in 1953 and 1956 featuring, either Bud Shank or Buddy Collette doubling on flute and alto. Kessel shows off the influence of Charlie Christian throughout the performances, with the highlights including "Easy Like," "Lullaby of Birdland," "North of the Border," and the accurately titled "Salute to Charlie Christian."