200g 45RPM 2LP-Set Cut from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech & Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Kenny Burrell led over 100 albums in his long career and is the epitome of good taste and melodic swing, never playing a phrase that would be considered out-of-place or unworthy. He first recorded in 1951 with Dizzy Gillespie and was a major part of the Detroit jazz scene before emerging in New York in 1956. Burrell was one of the very first guitarists to be showcased in a pianoless trio, and when he was signed to Blue Note, he became one of the most influential guitarists in jazz.
However to hear Burrell at his most soulful and bluesy, one has to find recordings where he is teamed with a particularly inspiring stylist. 1963's Midnight Blue is considered one of the most exciting recordings of Kenny Burrell's long career. It was a magical occasion that teamed Burrell with the passionate tenor-saxophonist Stanley Turrentine in a pianoless quintet that also includes Major Holley Jr. on bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on congas.
With Turrentine infusing each note with an excess of soul and Barretto giving the blues-oriented music a Latin tinge, Burrell raises the heat and is heard at his most exhilarating and extroverted. His soulful playing on such songs as "Chitlins Con Carne," "Saturday Night Blues" and "Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You" is so greasy and emotional that it reminds one that both B.B. King and Duke Ellington often cited Burrell as their favorite guitarist. This superbly recorded classic, now cut on definitive sounding 200g 45rpm double vinyl LP, needs to be in every jazz collection!
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Stanley Turrentine, tenor saxophone
Major Holley, Jr., bass
Bill English, drums
Ray Barretto, conga
• Stereo 200g 45rpm 2LP-set from Analogue Productions
• Cut from the original analog master tapes by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
• Pressed at Quality Record Pressings