The Poll Winners

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The Poll Winners
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Studio album by
RecordedMarch 18 & 19, 1957
StudioContemporary Records Studio, Los Angeles, California
ProducerLester Koenig
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The Poll Winners is an album by jazz guitarist Barney Kessel with drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Ray Brown that was recorded in 1957 and released by Contemporary Records.[1] The album was the first of five to be released by the group.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr. states: "The choice of material, the interplay between the three players, and the lead work all meld together beautifully on The Poll Winners, making it a classic guitar album in a small-group setting".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jordu" (Duke Jordan) - 3:27
  2. "Satin Doll" (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) - 6:30
  3. "It Could Happen to You" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) - 4:23
  4. "Mean to Me" (Fred E. Ahlert, Roy Turk) - 6:28
  5. "Don't Worry 'bout Me" (Rube Bloom, Ted Koehler) - 4:34
  6. "On Green Dolphin Street" (Bronisław Kaper, Ned Washington) - 4:02
  7. "You Go to My Head" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) - 4:22
  8. "Minor Mood" (Barney Kessel) - 3:18
  9. "Nagasaki" (Harry Warren, Mort Dixon) - 3:05



  1. ^ Contemporary Records discography accessed May 21, 2015
  2. ^ Down Beat: January 9, 1958 Vol. 25, No. 1
  3. ^ a b Lankford Jr., Ronnie D.. The Poll Winners – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 21, 2015.