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Barney Kessel, July 28, 1974, Concord Summer Festival. American jazz guitarist who drew his first inspiration from Charlie Christian. He was a member of many prominent jazz groups as well as a "first call" guitarist for studio, film, and television recording sessions. Kessel was a member of the group of first-call L.A. session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew that produced hundreds of hits in all styles of music.