Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kenny Burrell at the Vanguard (Complete)

Kenny Burrell's storied career as perhaps the premier modern jazz guitarist has been documented by many efforts in the studio, but here's a nightclub date that may well be highly ranked as one of his very best efforts. The spontaneity and freshness of Burrell's lyric lines and deft chords is further enhanced by perhaps the most advanced musicians he has ever played with -- bassist Richard Davis and drummer Roy Haynes. For music done in 1959, this is heady, seat-of-the-pants, brilliantly executed jazz that is mostly based in standards, but stretched to exacting tolerances that bend, but are not close to breaking. Davis provides strong support without going as outward as he did later in life, while Haynes might sound subdued to his fans, yet has an elastic presence that allows the other two a lot of freedom to fully articulate this modern mainstream language as a prelude heading into the turbulent '60s. On this straight reissue that originally sported the title "Man at Work," the trio plays all standards save the lively blues groove, more pronounced than the studio version of Burrell's "All Night Long," and the Erroll Garner tune "Trio," where Burrell's proves expert at combining singles lines and chords in balance. Most of the material is very upbeat and energetic as on the fast and quick "Will You Still Be Mine," and the bop swing of "Broadway" mixed up a little melodically by Burrell. The love of Duke Ellington's music is always with the guitarist as rendered during "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'," where the genius of Burrell is extant in his ability to provide his own counterpoint. Burrell's other precious component is his ability to relax and consistently swing as on Thelonious Monk's "Well, You Needn't," Benny Goodman's poignant and simple "Soft Winds," and dipping deep into the tenderness quotient on the ballad "I'm a Fool to Want You" aside the tango-flavored bass of Davis. A solid effort top to bottom, and a recording most highly recommended, this is Burrell and his extraordinary trio very close to, if not truly in their prime, and their element.
Michael G. Nastos

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Kenny Burrell Trio
A Night at the Vanguard


1 All Night Long (Brooks)  5:17
2 Will You Still Be Mine (Dennis, Adair)  4:27
3 I’m A Fool To Want You (Herron, Sinatra, Wolf)  4:38
4 Trio (Garner)  4:20
5 I Can’t See For Lookin’ [Short Version] (Robinson, Stanford)  3:55
6 Cheek To Cheek (Berlin)  6:05
7 Broadway (Byrd, Woode, McRae)  4:21
8 Soft Winds (Goodman)  3:20
9 Just A-Sittin’ And A-Rockin’ (Strayhorn, Ellington, Gaines)  4:20
10 Well, You Needn’t (Monk)  4:31
11 How Could You Do A Thing Like That To Me ? (Robinson, Stanford)  4:35
12 I Can’t See For Lookin’
[Long Version] (Robinson, Stanford)  4:34
13 Afternoon In Paris (Lewis)  5:12
14 Tricotism (Petiford)  4:20


Kenny Burrell - g
Richard Davis - b
Roy Haynes - dr

Recorded live, at The Village Vanguard, New York ; September 16 & 17, 1959

This release contains Kenny Burrell’s complete original LP A Night at the Vanguard (Argo LP655), presenting the guitarist in a trio format with Richard Davis and Roy Haynes performing at the Village Vanguard in New York, on September 16-17, 1959. Four extra tunes from the same engagement have been added here as a bonus. These four songs complete all of the existing music from the date and appear here for the first time ever on CD.

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wouter said...

many thanks for this complete edition, mel!
a very welcome expansion of my original issue!

Bill said...

Many thanks!!

аффтор said...

thanks a lot.
due to your efforts, Mel, i know now twice more jazz guitarists than before.

ita diegues said...

Gracias Melanchthon.

bob90 said...

Today, Virgilio may write:

Sic vos non vobis nidificatis aves;
Sic vos non vobis lanificatis oves;
Sic vos non vobis mellificatis apes;
Sic vos non vobis aratra fertis boves;
Sic vos no vobis describere musices,melanchthone

Very very thanks

Roberto - Brasil

grumpy said...

Many thanks, Mel.

maty said...

Plas, plas, plas

Thank you!

maty tinman said...

Plas, plas, plas

Thank you!

jbl said...

I have owned this album in practically every format except 8 track. I cheated when they added tracks 9 & 10 to the orginal album. Anyway it's delight to have the bonus tracks. Thanks for the effort and hard work.

Orbyt said...

I only had a lossy copy of the original, now to have it in lossless and with bonus tracks...voof!

Mille mercis, Melanchthon.

freedom2 said...
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freedom2 said...

I've just discovered your wonderful blog, and i just want to thank you for so much fantastic jazz, and so many hard-to-find artists... I knew I was in the right place when I saw you had 27(!) Brookmeyers!!!
As I couldn't find any other way to contact you directly, I thought I would take the latest post to inform you that your post from 2008 of Ruby Braff and the George Barnes Quartet Plays Rodgers & Hart has a dead link... any chance you could re-post that one?


ZM-JazzRock said...

Chér Mel,
This must be the 100th gem I got here at SVNV. Every new post is a great surprise of new (or expanded) material to my ears.
And as other fellas written here: thanx a thousand times for all these great guitarists albums you shared with us.
Without any doubt, I can say that your blog is one of the best references of Jazz Guitar on the whole webspace.
-- zm from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Trebor55 said...

I've been looking for this CD for a long time now I have finally found it on your blog. thank you very much for your excellent blog

deGallo said...

Thank you for a wonderful album.

velobrewer said...

A fine addition to my collection. As always, your work and generosity is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,


musician3 said...

Great............Thank You

Kneigh said...

WOW!! What an eyeopener!! I've had an old LP called "Man At Work" on the Cadet label for ages, which has 8 of these tracks. Never had a clue that I was missing all these other tracks from the same session. Many thanx for yet another great post, Mel!! You never cease to amaze me, sir!!

Pippo said...

Thank you Mel, very very good post.

brianbrora said...

It's a great album. It was originally issued as Argo LP 655 ''A Night At The Vanguard with The Kenny Burrell Trio'' (1960)
and re-issued as Cadet LP LPS-769 ''Man At Work'' (1966). I didn't know about this expanded version!

yewsta said...

Thanks, Mel

Bill said...

A delight to have this complete version. Thanks, Mel.

CrunchyFrog said...

i am truly appreciative of the chance to hear this complete version... thanks so much!

stringbender said...

Killer post - Thanks!!

Andy said...

Thanks Mel. It's taken me a long time to realise just how great Kenny is. Happy 2014. :)

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

thank you very much!

neil said...

Giot the standard isue but not those four extra tracks; many thanks for the opportunity to hear these, mel...

francisco santos said...


Brush&Stick said...

Thanks very much for the re-post!

Tarara Bumdiay said...

Many thanks for a great album.

adakun said...

Muchasss gracias Mel.

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much, Mel

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel, I missed this one. Big thumbs up.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Rico Palacio said...

Thank you for all the music.
Question, Im having a hard time downloading this file. Am I doing something wrong?

anon'n'on said...

add my thanks to the many for kenny

Starchild said...

Many many thanks for this complete edition!