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Blue Lights Vols. 1 & 2 by Kenny Burrell

This complete reissue of Burrell's classic Blue Note session, Blue Lights is real enjoyable. Kenny is supported by all star players: the underrated Louis Smith on Trumpet, Tina Brooks (another underrated player) and Junior Cook on Tenor saxes, Duke Jordan, and Bobby Timmons alternating the piano chair, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. The groups jam on 7 originals and two standards. Out of the two discs, every tune is great, but the most scintillating are Burrell's own Yes Baby, Rock Salt, and a sensitive reading of the Vernon Duke standard Autumn in New York. Yes Baby, is a down home blues, with gorgeous stop time openings to the solos. Kenny has a real funky solo showing that he is comfortable in this vein. Tina Brooks plays with his solo with a tremendous drive, that he displayed on Jimmy Smith's Sermon three months earlier. While Louis Smith takes advantage of Blakey's ad- lib double- timing. On Volume two, Burrell, and crew tear through Rock Salt, and most notable is Bobby Timmons' funky, gospel tinged workout, and Blakey's enthusiastic playing behind each soloist. Autumn in New York, is very pretty, as Burrell is the only soloist backed by Timmons, Jones, and Blakey. Kenny is very lyrical here, and has a solid solo, except for his disgustingly obvious Pop Goes the Weasel. The double-CD reissue of Blue Lights is highly recommended, and if you want a good organized blowing session, pick it up. Also it is mastered wonderfully in Super Bit mapping, so unlike the previous single CD reissues of the albums, you'll get excellent sound. Although this isn't a limited edition- Connoisseur series title, it was sure treated like one, sonically speaking.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Kenny Burrell
  • CD Title: Blue Lights Vols. 1 & 2
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1997
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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