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All Day Long by Kenny Burrell/Donald Byrd

The title track, "All Day Long" is Kenny Burrell’s composition previously performed with The Master, Jimmy Smith. The rhythm and sentiment is livelier than aforementioned original, which was a much slower blues. Frank Foster kicks off the horns against Flanagan’s rhythmic comps. Donald Byrd follows suit with nice swirling melodies and keeps the mood relatively festive. Burrell always laid down funky blues and this is no different. While he performs this version with a different feel, he remains in a consistent calm groove throughout. Art Taylor’s drums shuffle and pick up in the background, not allowing any staleness in the track. Doug Watkins gets lengthy action on bass and doesn’t give anyone a chance to forget him, as many bassists often become background print. "Slim Jim" begins with a sort of Latin flavor answered by a bluesy soulful melody. Foster and Byrd energetically answer each other like two men talking about a mutual friend. Flanagan sports a tough opinion of his own with the keyboards. Burrell has some soulful solos in these tracks. " A.T.," named for Art Taylor, celebrates with grand entrances and strong performances by all involved. Taylor’s drums are aggressive and equally as interesting as any performance on this track. After Byrd and Foster state a sounding introduction on "C.P.W.," Burrell’s groove is the highlight and it’s clear that the future was his. While this is a classic session and the performances are very worthy, the disc does not overwhelmingly reflect the true talents of any of these masters, but is a very good acquisition for fans.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kenny Burrell/Donald Byrd
  • CD Title: All Day Long
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1990
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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