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Midnight Blue [Original recording remastered]

Kenny Burrell Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Chitlins Con Carne
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3. Soul Lament
4. Midnight Blue
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6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
7. Saturday Night Blues
8. Kenny's Sound
9. K Twist

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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." The result is a masterpiece, and the 24-bit remastering by the original engineer, Rudy Van Gelder, adds to the spaciousness and intimacy that have always been hallmarks of the session. --Stuart Broomer

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The 1963 classic highlighted by the killer title track and Chitlins con Carne . This edition contains extra photos and two bonus cuts: Kenny's Sound and K Twist .

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jazz Classic! Jan. 2 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is definitely one of my "desert island" favorites. Along with "Kind of Blue" and "Maiden Voyage" this album rates as one of my all time "best" Jazz album. Kenny Burrell's playing is top notch, fantastic improvisation, with a "bluesy" feel. What is really great about Kenny is his ability to stick to the melody and still add his own flavour. He never loses sight of the song, sometime Jazz improv goes too far and the melody gets lost in an artists rendition. This is Kenny's best recording, followed by "Blue Bash" and his playing on Jimmy Smith's album "Midnight Special".

This CD is a must when compiling a Jazz library, right up there with "Kind of Blue".
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An absolutely incredible album. Every tune is a perfect blend of a causual, cool, smokey nightclub feel and a profound monument to the blues. The title captures the spirit and sound of this gentle yet intense, carefully-crafted hardbop classic. Buy it, buy it, buy it! You will be addicted to this sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A certified classic Jan. 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a perfect marriage of Jazz and Blues music. While some "classic" albums are considered such more because of a single performance or two rather than the whole (i.e. Grant Green's excellent "Idle Moments"), there is not a weak track on this CD...even with the reissiue bonus tracks. Kenny Burrell simply does not play a wasted note, he fills it up in all the right places. The CD flows from the first cut to the last, the whole greater than the fantastic sum of it's parts. This would be a welcome addition to most any CD collection. Perfect for dinner/cocktail parties or headphone listening, music does not get much better than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Cool Blues Masterpiece Nov. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
This recording, and "Midnight Blue" in particular, is the greatest expression of late-night "bluesy" jazz guitar playing I have ever heard in 35 years of listening. Kenny Burrell was, and is, the master of this style. His touch, tone and rhythmic placement of notes -- all are immaculate. He is joined by Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Ray Barretto on congas,Major Holley and Bill English -- a perfect group. Lots of mid-tempos and minor keys. Sometimes I listen to the "Midnight Blue" track over and over. I have transcribed most of it, chords and solo lines -- Fm7, Gm7, Abmaj7, Gm7, etc. It takes me to a different place and time. The recording is magnificent, as if the musicians are in your living room, you are lounging at your table 3 feet away, nursing a Tom Collins . . . It doesn't get any cooler.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good in the 5 disc player. Nov. 11 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great album, a bit startled when it ended....just too soon. Talented bluesy jazz. (I always look for more rythm in an album so thats why only 4 stars.) put the disc in with 4 others and press shuffle cause ya ain't gonna wow anyone by this disc on it's own. *do buy*
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not one wasted note May 21 2003
Format:Audio CD
Kenny Burrell's playing combines the most creative chord voicings with rhythmic intensity while never compromising the overallmood of the piece. On Midnight Blue his choice of chords and his melodic playing are so fluid and bluesy in the best sense of the word. Stanley Turrentine's sax blends perfectly with Burrell's guitar to create an irresistible groove. The rhythm section is also outstanding with a special nod to Major Holley on Bass. This is one of my all-time favorites and I highly reccomend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jazzy Blues or Bluesy Jazz? Who Cares?! Buy It! Dec 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
You'll never go back to silly, boring, 3-chord blues after hearing what Kenny Burrell can do. None of the songs here are really traditional blues at all, but there is a relaxed bluesy FEEL in these songs. Burrell has the most incredible guitar tone and his note placement is perfect. This music is both relaxed and low-key AND dramatic all at the same time. Listen to Soul Lament and then Midnight Blue and you'll feel it too. He's the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar sings of the blues Dec 9 2001
By G B
Format:Audio CD
As far as jazz guitar on Blue Note records goes, there are two names you must know: Grant Green and Kenny Burrell. And while Grant's discography for Blue Note is humungous, Kenny did much of his recording as a sideman. But the numbers are all irrelevant when you listen to this masterpiece -- seven tunes that reach deep, deep into the blues and achieve that wonderfully lazy, after hours groove.
The performances are all classic, from the Latin groove of "Chitlins con Carne", to the brisk swing of the title track, to the solo guitar of "Soul Lament". Stanley Turrentine's soulful saxophone playing is among his finest, and the bass/drums/conga rhythm section is impeccable at setting up a groove. And the leader provides tasty guitar playing that mixes bebop lines and bluesy feeling perfectly. As far as hearing some classic jazz guitar, Midnight Blue and Grant Green's Idle Moments album are a perfect start.
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