Saturday, July 29, 2017

Kenny Burrell - Blue Lights (vol. 1 & 2)

The music on this 1997 two-CD set was originally on two LPs and already previously reissued as a pair of CDs. Guitarist Kenny Burrell leads a very coherent jam session in the studio with a particularly strong cast that also includes trumpeter Louis Smith, both Junior Cook and Tina Brooks on tenors, either Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons on piano, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Blakey. The material consists of basic originals and standards and has excellent playing all around ; six of the nine tunes are over nine minutes long. At that point in time, Cook and Brooks had similar sounds, but, fortunately, the soloists are identified in the liner notes for each song. The solo star is often trumpeter Louis Smith, who fell into obscurity after a few notable appearances on Blue Note during the period (including his own brilliant date, Here Comes Louis Smith). He was one of the finest of the Clifford Brown-influenced players of the period and deserves much greater recognition. This is a recommended reissue for hard bop collectors who do not already have the two individual CDs.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Kenny Burrell
Blue Lights
vol. 1 & 2
(Blue Note - 1958)


Cd. 1

1 Phinupi (Burrell) 9:45
2 Yes Baby (Burrell) 11:05
3 Scotch Blues (Jordan) 7:56
4 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin) 6:43
5 I Never Knew (Fio Rito, Kahn) 12:34


Cd. 2

1 Caravan (Ellington, Mills, Tizol) 9:55
2 Chuckin’ (Jones) 12:10
3 Rock Salt (Burrell 11:19
4 Autumn in New York (Duke) 5:44


Kenny Burrell - g
Louis Smith - tp
Junior Cook - ts
Tina Brooks - ts
Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons - p
Sam Jones - b
Art Blakey - dr

Recorded at Manhattan Towers, New York ; May 14, 1958

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PgUpPgDn said...

Bingo KB ... the only one missing! You are genius Mel, thank you so much.

beano.275 said...

Another excellent post...thanks so much.

yy said...

thanks Melanchthon. This is a real classic BN album. Tina brooks rocks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

Hodges said...

Love the Andy Warhol cover!

neil said...

Missed this first time around; so many thanks, mel; and what a great cover...

Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Nice, thanks.

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charlie said...

Great share. Know the blue one but not the pink.

Kovina Kris said...

I have these two albums from you already from previous post(s) but this one has an extra tune and these are so good I gotta have it. Thank you so much! Whether you're a big Burrell fan or not, you should have this.