The Best of Kenny Burrell [Prestige]

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Out of the many recordings Kenny Burrell issued for the Prestige label, it would be impossible to pick eight tracks and state they are his best. This collection makes a good go of it in selecting different sized groups Burrell participated in, and displays the variety of straight-ahead jazz contexts he worked in from 1956 to 1962. The classics include the ultimate 18-plus-minute blues-jazz jam "All Day Long" with fellow Detroiters Donald Byrd, Frank Foster, Tommy Flanagan, and Doug Watkins. From the top rank album The Cats comes "Minor Mishap" with Flanagan, John Coltrane, and Idrees Sulieman, as definitive a hard bop piece as there is. "Boo-Lu" is another memorable ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Out of the many recordings Kenny Burrell issued for the Prestige label, it would be impossible to pick eight tracks and state they are his best. This collection makes a good go of it in selecting different sized groups Burrell participated in, and displays the variety of straight-ahead jazz contexts he worked in from 1956 to 1962. The classics include the ultimate 18-plus-minute blues-jazz jam "All Day Long" with fellow Detroiters Donald Byrd, Frank Foster, Tommy Flanagan, and Doug Watkins. From the top rank album The Cats comes "Minor Mishap" with Flanagan, John Coltrane, and Idrees Sulieman, as definitive a hard bop piece as there is. "Boo-Lu" is another memorable track, an angular Latin flavored composition reminiscent of Yusef Lateef, featuring Jerome Richardson on lead flute, and tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley in later. The idea of stating a melody and having the second horn voice also crops up on the boogaloo shuffle "Montuno Blues," where the cool Coleman Hawkins enters as an afterthought post-Major Holley's scat sung and bowed bass, or Coltrane's cameo solo on "I Never Knew." The soul-jazz side of Burrell is here, playing rhythm chords with Jack McDuff's organ during the simple groove biscuit "It's a Wonderful World," there's the effortless swing and clean single lines the guitarist patented on "I'll Close My Eyes," and the as ultimate balladeer "All of You" displays Burrell's individuality with his Detroit trio of Flanagan, Watkins, and a reserved drummer Elvin Jones, who all lay out as much as they play. Four of these tracks are from that great year in music, 1957, a time when the guitarist was a rising star. Fact is, his stature has never diminished since, and this compilation of a young Kenny Burrell is a good reminder of not only his talent and his roots, but a short and sweet example of how professional jazz should be played.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218351027
  • Catalog Number: 5710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Close My Eyes (4:51)
  2. 2 Montono Blues (4:46)
  3. 3 All of You (6:21)
  4. 4 It's a Wonderful World (5:26)
  5. 5 I Never Knew (7:07)
  6. 6 Boo-Lu (6:48)
  7. 7 Minor Mishap (7:27)
  8. 8 All Day Long (18:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Burrell Primary Artist, Guitar
Ray Barretto Conga
Tommy Flanagan Piano
Louis Hayes Drums
Elvin Jones Drums
Hank Mobley Tenor Saxophone
Jerome Richardson Flute
Art Taylor Drums
Mal Waldron Piano
Doug Watkins Bass, Double Bass
Major Holley Bass, Double Bass
Joe Dukes Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Donald Byrd Trumpet
Paul Chambers Double Bass
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Locke Drums
Jack McDuff Organ
Idrees Sulieman Trumpet
Technical Credits
Teddy Charles Producer
Tommy Flanagan Composer
Hank Mobley Composer
Jan Savitt Composer
Kenny Burrell Composer
Ozzie Cadena Producer, Audio Production
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Gus Kahn Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Reid Composer
Michael Rozek Liner Notes
Bob Weinstock Producer, Audio Production
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Ted Fio Rito Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Harold Adamson Composer
Johnny Watson Composer
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