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Jazz Record : Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue

You want a record with one long cool groove. Try Kenny Burrell’s ‘Midnight Blue’

First cut lays it down. Kenny comes in with some nice licks on his guitar then saxman Stanley Turrentine takes a turn. They trade licks all under an Afro beat. That would be enough for me but the record just keeps giving more of the same coolness.

The second cut sounds like the bass strings are being pulled to their limit. Kenny and bass man Major Holley have a cool easy time of it with some subtle drum work by Bill English. This groove takes us for a nice ride then Stanley adds his horn and man does he catch the groove.

This is one seamless album. So good. Kenny’s guitar playing is impeccable. The title cut gives a good idea (the whole album) what his playing is all about. He swings bigtime. He puts together a band that compliment each other . They swing out on this cut. Turrentine sits this one out. They are all in the game on this record and were feeling it for sure. Top notch rhythm section. ‘Saturday Night Blues’ is the last cut and leaves us on a very high note. Kenny and Stanley are a match made in some kind of coolsville. Fantastic.

This is some cool listening music.. The album is on my A List. Why I’m writing about it. KB and his mates strike lightning on this one. I spin it often It puts me in a chilled mood. A very good state of mind. I’m going to shut up now and play ‘Midnight Blue’. Again. Play it and see what ya think.

41 comments on “Jazz Record : Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 19, 2021

    CB, you’ve got good taste!

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  2. 1537
    December 19, 2021

    Great choice CB. I got my copy about 3 months ago and it’s a real treat.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 19, 2021

      I friend of mine just did the same thing recently and the album has become one of his favorites. A bit of a twin to Sonny’s ‘Cool Struttin’

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  3. greenpete58
    December 19, 2021

    “Long cool groove” is right, CB. I used to play Burrell late at night back in my jazz deejay days. Got a cigarette?

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  4. observationblogger
    December 20, 2021

    This was marevllous. Exactly what I need to hear tonight.

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  5. hotfox63
    December 20, 2021

    Kenny Burrell doesn’t only has this bluesy feeling, he also plays on the the semi-acoustic such Bebop-inspired phrasing as Charlie Christian was able to modify. “Midnight Blue” is probably one of the coolest records in the Blue-Note repertoire. Time to hear that again. Thanks, CB!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 20, 2021

      Thanks Fox. Like I was saying to 1537, a friend was ordering a few records from a Blue Note sale and asked me for a recommendation. This was my first suggestion. He is now a huge fan.

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  6. Jim S.
    December 20, 2021

    Back when I was first studying guitar. my teacher was always trying to stretch my boundaries and Burrell was one of the guys. Don’t know this album but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 20, 2021

      It really is good Doc. I think Kenny just celebrated a birthday. Turrentine was my man back when. Still love his sound. Him and Kenny are magic to my ears.

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      • Jim S.
        December 20, 2021

        Added to list for tomorrow. Slow week. Can’t be bothered with Christmas music.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 20, 2021

        I saw your comment at Christians place. I lost the taste a few years ago. I might throw on some jazz renditions on the day. More subtle. Fits the bill for me.
        Back to Kenny. I have been indulging in jazz guitarists lately. Hitting the spot.

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      • Jim S.
        December 21, 2021

        I think I really, truly hit a wall and got saturated. I can’t count how many times I’ve heard ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ or ‘The Christmas Song’ in my life. Jazz renditions are a great idea. As to jazz guitar, I still have access to my Berklee lessons online till June. But the pull towards playing rock and blues is so magnetic for me I may never really play jazz at any appreciable level. My inner Jimmy Page takes over every time.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 21, 2021

        I get it on your Page leaning. I like listening to the jazz axe but in my dreams Im Page.
        On the jazz Xmas renditions, lots to chose from and it’s cool because the tune isnt always hit on the nose. Kinda relaxing and chill.

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      • Jim S.
        December 23, 2021

        Listening to Burrell now. Real nice. Bluesy. It really takes off when Turrentine comes in. For me, guitar is the key instrument in rock but sax in jazz.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 23, 2021

        Glad you’re enjoying it. Like your observation on “key instrument”. That would generate dialogue with folks for sure.

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      • Jim S.
        December 23, 2021

        Yeah, and I’m speaking as a guitarist. In jazz, for me it’s the horns primarily.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 23, 2021

        I knew you’d be coming from the guitar angle. Like I said it would create some good dialogue. Even though Im a sax guy the piano in jazz would get a few advocates. You got me thinking.

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      • Jim S.
        December 23, 2021

        The piano is a great instrument for sure. Wish I could play it. But I was comparing them in the way they both stand their and blow single-line solos on top of everything. The piano solos too but spends a lot of time as part of the rhythm section.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 23, 2021

        Spoken like a true musician. Interesting stuff. Im listening and reading about Errol Garner (Piano) and supposedly he borrowed from early guitarists for his sound. Unlike a lot of those guys he wasnt trained and played by ear so he broke a few rules.

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      • Jim S.
        December 23, 2021

        When I was learning at Berklee, he told us that if we’re comping chords you should do it like a pianist. Block chords they call them.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 23, 2021

        Love it. I just sent you a few liner notes from what Im listening and reading, You might find it interesting. Didnt overload you just a couple paragraphs.

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  7. 1dancequeendq
    December 22, 2021

    I’m going to dig this one out again. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 22, 2021

      I return the favor. It was Kenny’s birthday a while ago. One of our great sax men is a stand out on this. Later Queen.

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  8. keepsmealive
    December 22, 2021

    You know I am here for this. I liken it to Kind Of Blue, just take an idea and run with it. So great. I knew you’d dig it.

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  9. badfinger20 (Max)
    January 12, 2022

    I feel like I’m in a 1950’s low lit bar …in the corner with some beatniks. Cool stuff as always CB. I listened to this at work today.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      January 12, 2022

      It’s so good Max. I eat this stuff up or I should say it eats me up. Being a music guy I think it would be hard for you not to like this one. I’ll met you at that bar. The ‘Vanguard” basement bar. Monks favorite.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        January 12, 2022

        I’ll be the one snapping my fingers…
        Yea man I love how the music flows in this music in general. It never gets old because it changes like a stream or to quote Bruce…a river.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 12, 2022

        I was into Stanley Turrentine before I heard this one. Made it easy for me to grab Kenny’s record.
        (Just watched ‘Straight No Chaser’ again. Monk doc Im sure you’d dig)

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        January 12, 2022

        I just checked out the trailer…yea dude it looks great.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 12, 2022

        I dont think you will regret watching it.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        January 12, 2022

        You are batting a 1000 so far dude.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 12, 2022

        Im gonna have to shake that up a little. Ted Williams didnt even bat a 1000

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        January 12, 2022

        lol…don’t throw in a chick flick whatever you do…well there are a few I guess but.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 12, 2022

        Not going to happen. Id be like the character in Clockwork Orange where they pried his eyes open and made him watch scenes. He was begging for mercy.

        Liked by 1 person

      • badfinger20 (Max)
        January 12, 2022

        Whew… I was hoping you wouldn’t cross that line.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        January 12, 2022

        Im chuckling over that.

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