Four of the six cuts here come from Kessel’s pen, with Bacharach’s "This Guy’s in Love With You" and Paul Simon’s "The Sounds of Silence" taking on new lives that elevate them beyond their limited pop stature. Jones fits in so well with this unit that one would never guess this was a one-shot affair. Koenig’s engineering also spotlights Jones’ sound, picking up all the subtle nuances. Hutcherson and Kessel mesh beautifully, both in delivering the heads and supporting each other as soloists.
Too long unavailable, FEELING FREE ranks among the best records that Contemporary ever released and it’s also one hell of a Kessel album. Guitarists rejoice!