Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue (1963/2012) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Artist: Kenny Burrell
Title: Midnight Blue
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Guitar Jazz
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 1963(BLP 4123/BST 84123)/2012
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 192kHz/24bit
Recorded: Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 8, 1963
Kenny Burrell has led over 100 albums in his long career and is the epitome of good taste and melodic swing, never playing a phrase that would be considered out-of-place or unworthy. He first recorded in 1951 with Dizzy Gillespie and was a major part of the Detroit jazz scene before emerging in New York in 1956. Burrell was one of the very first guitarists to be showcased in a pianoless trio, and when he was signed to Blue Note, he became one of the most influential guitarists in jazz.
However to hear Burrell at his most soulful and bluesy, one has to find recordings where he is teamed with a particularly inspiring stylist. 1963’s Midnight Blue is considered one of the most exciting recordings of his long career. It was a magical occasion that teamed Burrell with the passionate tenor-saxophonist Stanley Turrentine in a pianoless quintet that also includes Ray Barretto on congas. With Turrentine (who is immediately recognizable within two sounds) infusing each note with an excess of soul and Barretto giving the blues-oriented music a Latin tinge, Burrell raises the heat and is heard at his most exhilarating and extroverted.
His soulful playing on such songs as “Chitlins Con Carne,” “Saturday Night Blues” and “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You” is so greasy and emotional that it reminds one that both B.B. King and Duke Ellington often cited Kenny Burrell as their favorite guitarist. While Burrell has recorded scores of albums since this time, Midnight Blue cannot be topped and will always be one of the key recordings that he will be remembered for. This superbly recorded classic needs to be in every jazz collection!
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." --AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow
1 Chitlins Con Carne 5:27
2 Mule 7:00
3 Soul Lament 2:45
4 Midnight Blue 4:03
5 Wavy Gravy 5:49
6 Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You 4:27
7 Saturday Night Blues 6:15
Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Major Holley Jr., bass
Bill English, drums
Ray Barretto, congas
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