Friday, May 19, 2017

Kenny Burrell, Vol. 2

Kenny Burrell has appeared on so many essential jazz recordings that jazz history and his story seem irretrievably intertwined. Billie Holiday's valedictory rumination Lady Sings the Blues (Verve, 1956) ? Jimmy Smith's epochal funk throwdown Back at the Chicken Shack (Blue Note, 1960) ? Tony Bennett's Carnegie Hall debut ? Kenny Burrell played guitar for them all. Even Jimi Hendrix once famously remarked, "Kenny Burrell — that's the sound I'm looking for."
Born in 1931 Detroit, Burrell seemed almost destined to become a musician. While he grew up, his dad played ukulele and banjo, his mom sang in church, and his older brother played saxophone, all of which inspired Burrell to explore music through guitar. But, just as importantly, Burrell grew up nurtured by a nascent Detroit music scene that soon shone with a remarkable number of stars such as Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, Milt Jackson, Tommy Flanagan and many others. Playing together in and around Detroit, like iron sharpening iron, made their musicianship soulful and strong.
Dizzy Gillespie came to Detroit in 1950 and hired Burrell, not yet 20, for an extended engagement. Afterwards, Burrell declined Gillespie's invitation to hit the road with his band and chose to stay and complete his music coursework at Wayne State University, from which he graduated in 1955. After picking up for Herb Ellis in Oscar Peterson's trio, Burrell ventured, like so many other jazz musicians, to New York, where he quickly started recording on sessions, as a sideman and as a leader, for Blue Note, Prestige, and other labels.
Introducing Kenny Burrell (Blue Note, 1956) was among the first...
Chris M. Slawecki

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Kenny Burrell
Vol. 2


1 Get Happy (Koehler, Arlen)  4:01
2 But Not for Me (Gershwin)  3:47
3 Mexico City (Dorham)  6:35
4 Moten Swing (Moten, Moten)  6:08
5 Cheeta (Burrell)  4:40
6 Now See How You Are (Pettiford, Harris)  5:51
7 Phinupi (Burrell)  4:40
8 How About You (Free, Lane)  5:14


[# 4-8] Kenny Burrell Quintet
Kenny Burrell - g
Frank Foster - ts [# 6-8]
Tommy Flanagan - p
Oscar Pettiford - b
Shadow Wilson - dr
Recorded at Audio-Video Studios, New York City ; March 12, 1956
[# 1 & 2] Kenny Burrell Quintet
Kenny Burrell - g [# 2 is a Guitar solo]
Tommy Flanagan - p
Paul Chambers - b
Kenny Clarke - dr
Candido Camero - cng
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey ; May 30, 1956
[# 3]
Kenny Burrell - g
Kenny Dorham - tp
J. R. Monterose - ts
Bobby Timmons - p
Sam Jones - b
Arthur Edgehill - dr
Recorded live at the Café Bohemia, New York City ; May 31, 1956 [Complete session here]


Melanchthon said...

Starchild said...

I didn't have this one. Many thanks Mel!

francisco santos said...


Jazz Padd said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

All the pieces seem to fall back in their places while i listen to this gem, mind defrag, just like with J.S. Bach's music, thanks so much, MM.

deGallo said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

When i was young back in the 60s commie part of europe, all the kids were asking one another: "are you the beatles, or the rolling stones?" it was the pre-internet social media mating-selection ritual. you have just made me aware, dear MM, that this also had been going on long before my childchood, way awayyyyy from my playground: "are you kenny burrell, or barney kessel?" You, MM, made me : "BOTH"!

lucky5 said...

Much appreciated, Mel!

Kovina Kris said...

I got this one from you on another post but I'll say thanks again. Great album.

GuitarGus said...

Thanks Mel
I have over 60 albums by KB ...but never had this one...Great cover by AW too