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Kenny BURRELL – Midnight Blue 1963

Posted in JAZZ, Kenny BURRELL on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Kenny BURRELL – Midnight Blue 1963
Recorded on January 7, 1963.


Midnight Blue is a 1963 sessions album by Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell. Featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga, is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note. Jazz Improv Magazine lists the album among its top five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that “if you need to know ‘the Blue Note sound’, here it is”. In 2005, NPR included the album in its “Basic Jazz Library”, describing it as “one of the great jazzy blues records”.
This album is one of guitarist Kenny Burrell’s best-known sessions for the Blue Note label. Burrell is matched with tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, drummer Bill English, and Ray Barretto on conga for a blues-oriented date highlighted by “Chitlins Con Carne,” “Midnight Blue,” “Saturday Night Blues,” and the lone standard “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
From the first sight of Reid Miles’ brilliant typography on the cover you know what you are getting. Smooth smootchy jazz guitar played at the pace of a slow loris–quite magnificent in its sparing qualities. Mr. Burrell, together with Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, defined this style. “Chitlins Con Carne” is a late-night feast while “Midnight Blue” is smokey and soulful, and yes, Van Morrison did borrow the intro for “Moondance.”
Kenny Burrell’s music is a wonderful blend of elegance and conviction, musical inventiveness and thoughtful restraint. On this 1967 session, the guitarist is joined by regular associates–tenorist Stanley Turrentine, conga drummer Ray Barretto, bassist Major Holley, and drummer Bill English–and together they concentrate on the subtlest and deepest hues of the blues, combining strong rhythmic grooves with a feeling of late-night reflection. There’s never a misstep or a superfluous note, from the funky Latin hit “Chitlins Con Carne” to Burrell’s deeply felt solo “Soul Lament” and the concentrated swing of “Gee, Baby, Ain’t I Good to You.”
Guitar- Kenny Burrell
Tenor Sax- Stanley Turrentine
Bass- Major Holley Jr.
Congas- Ray Barretto
Drums- Bill English
A1. Chitlins Con Carne 5:30
A2. Mule” (Burrell, Major Holley, Jr.) 6:56
A3. Soul Lament 2:43
A4. Midnight Blue 4:02
B1. Wavy Gravy 5:47
B2. Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You” (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) 4:25
B3. Saturday Night Blues 6:16

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