Kenny Burrell : Midnight Blue CD
This release is part of a new series of Blue Note jazz masterpieces newly remastered using 24-bit technology by the original, legendary recording engineer, Rudy Van Gelder. Alfred Lion considered this his favorite production! Without piano, Burrell, Stanley Turrentine and company get a clean, open sound and a deep groove on such classic compositions as the title tune and "Chitlins Con Carne" (now a blues band staple). Includes 2 bonus tracks and extra photos!
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
1. [5:30] Chitlins Con Carne
2. [6:57] Mule
3. [2:43] Soul Lament
4. [4:01] Midnight Blue
5. [5:47] Wavy Gravy
6. [4:25] Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
7. [6:15] Saturday Night Blues
8. [4:42] Kenny's Sound (Take 10)
9. [3:38] K Twist (Take 35)
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