'Round Midnight

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a typically tasteful Kenny Burrell record reissued on CD with the guitarist mostly emphasizing ballads. Five of the seven songs which include "Make Someone Happy," "Since I Fell for You" and the theme from "A Streetcar Named Desire" find Burrell assisted by pianist Richard Wyands who also played electric piano, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Lenny McBrowne. "'Round Midnight" is played by Burrell with pianist Joe Sample, bassist Johnson and drummer Paul Humphrey while "Blues in the Night" is an unaccompanied guitar solo. Although the music overall is well-played, no real sparks fly and the results often border on being sleepy.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This is a typically tasteful Kenny Burrell record reissued on CD with the guitarist mostly emphasizing ballads. Five of the seven songs which include "Make Someone Happy," "Since I Fell for You" and the theme from "A Streetcar Named Desire" find Burrell assisted by pianist Richard Wyands who also played electric piano, bassist Reggie Johnson and drummer Lenny McBrowne. "'Round Midnight" is played by Burrell with pianist Joe Sample, bassist Johnson and drummer Paul Humphrey while "Blues in the Night" is an unaccompanied guitar solo. Although the music overall is well-played, no real sparks fly and the results often border on being sleepy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/1998
  • Label: Ojc
  • UPC: 025218699020
  • Catalog Number: 990
  • Sales rank: 38,258

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Burrell Primary Artist, Guitar
Joe Sample Piano
Paul Humphrey Drums
Reggie Johnson Bass
Richard Wyands Piano
Paul Abraham Drums
Lenny McBrowne Drums
Technical Credits
Kenny Burrell Producer
Phil DeLancie Remastering
Tony Lane Artwork
Harry Abraham Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Maturity of Understated Jazz

    The CD re-issue of a Kenny Burrell session is archetypal of why the master guitarist is a favorite of heavy-hitter jazz musicians and casual listeners alike. Mr. Burrell has always been the epitome of understatement, leaving show-offy technique for its own sake to the neophytes and their fans. Unlike some "jazz" guitarists (and reviewers)who confuse lots o' notes with creativity, Kenny Burrell has never forgotten that the roots of jazz is the blues, and his understated maturity of expression on this album reflects that blues-based tradition. As John Coltane stated concerning his "Ballads" album, just having the technique to play blazingly fast notes isn't artistry; it's what's between the notes --the spaces, the pauses, the good editing of what to leave out as well as what to include in a song's performance-- that is most challenging and satisfying. Such disparate guitarists as BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn all said that "Kenny Burrell is my favorite guitarist." Although Burrell, as a jazz guitarist, sounds nothing like those other gentlemen (nor does his guitar) such praise reflects the universality of Burrell's artistry and attraction. Perhaps a final analogy will summarize: There are those who think that a screaming, mugging, bad comedic "actor" is a "better" performer than was Laurence Olivier whispering a Shakespearean soliloqy, because the former shows "fireworks." Yes, well, substitute "Burrell" for "Olivier" and you'll understand why when Kenny Burrell plays a gig, the jazz giants are there as fans.

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