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Midnight Blue Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 9 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000I41G
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,471 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chitlins Con Carne
2. Mule
3. Soul Lament
4. Midnight Blue
5. Wavy Gravy
6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
7. Saturday Night Blues
8. Kenny's Sound
9. K Twist

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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Mckenna on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazz Fanatic on 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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
A friend said that this was the best blues that he ever heard, He didn't tell me that this was the best jazz guitar player playig perfect blues in his own voice. I was so impressed with this CD. Mule is a just great. Soul lament is a jazz song filled with blues riffs that is the perfect marriage of blues and jazz. Chitlins con carne was about as good as SRV verision but clean and crisp. This is like listening to Joe pass but with great incorperation for the blues. Midnight blues is like cocktails at Sulivans at chicago with a five piece band. Most of the songs are burrell covers. I have spent years in the blues bars and jazz clubs of chicago And I would love to see this live. As well the drums and sax are tight and the congo (not a ton of it) give the record a good feel. Kenny is a must!!!!!!
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By A Customer on June 28 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a jazz expert, but when I listened to this version of "Chitlins con carne" I knew that I had found the supreme sexy-jazzy-bluesy number! The others songs are good too. "Soul lament" reminds me of spanish music, it is only Kenny and the guitar. "Mule" builds the blues in a very gradual and engaging manner. Great bass in this one! Burrell's phrasing is always tasteful, and the sax sound is something! Some may miss a piano (there's not a single keyboard note in the whole album) and I wouldn't mind if they had used trumpet a la Miles Davis in some places, but the guitar-sax interplay is creative enough.
This is a fine album that you can listen from beginning to end and just have a good time!
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
This review is for the LP (Amazon why do you mix audio format reviews??). The music on this LP is amazing. Audio separation is excellent especially with sax and drums. Kenny's guitar is panned left with most other instruments panned right.The acoustic bass is centered through most of the material. Bass is deep, percussion is excellent. Kenny's guitar sounds warm. The big issue I have (hence my 3 start rating) is the LP that I received has lots of surface noise, even noticeable during quiet parts (not only between songs). This is not audiophile quality but don't get me wrong it's still great jazz guitar music. If you're bothered by vinyl surface noise you may want to seek and different format.
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