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Midnight Blue (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
 
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Midnight Blue (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

25 Feb. 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Feb. 1999
  • Release Date: 25 Feb. 1999
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Blue Note Records
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  • Total Length: 43:58
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  • ASIN: B001JL0RKM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,707 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 5 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
If I was asked by someone who had no experience of jazz what album would serve as a good introduction to the music, I would unreservedly recommend Kenny Burrell's 1967 masterpiece "Midnight Blue." This was recorded at a time when the boundaries of the music were being pushed ever further out and the technical aspects were becoming increasingly complex. Whilst these developments were commendable, Burrell simultaneously produced this album that consists of nothing more complicated than either of blues or blues based material such as "Gee Baby, aint I good to you." Of course, in the hands of great jazz musicians, the simple form of the blues offers unlimited possibilities and "Midnight Blues" is , perhaps, the supreme example of what can be achieved. The disc features the leader's deliciously cool guitar licks with the soulful tenor sax of Stanley Turrentine and the two are ably supported by a grooving rythmn section. "Chitlins con carne" will be familiar with many listeners as it has been employed on numerous TV commercials, but it is true to say that there is not a dull moment on the record. "Mule" gets really low down into the blues whilst "Wavy Gravy" is an infectious 3/4 groover. (If your toes are tapping to this one, you must have seriously have a problem!) However, my favourite track is "Saturday Night Blues" where Turrentine cranks the tension up chorus after stonking chorus.
During the 1950's and 60's the Blue Note label produced a stream of brilliant albums, many of which have justly been acknolwedged to be real classics. Kenny Burrell's "Midnight Blue" is rightly considered to be amongst the upper echelon of these great recordings and is flawless in it's execution. Even the cover by Reid Miles is a classic!!
This is one of my all time favourite records and is unreservedly recommended to those who have not yet been acquainted with it.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a gem of an album and should be in every guitar player's album collection. I can't believe it hasn't been reviewed!! Chitlin's Con Carne was covered by Stevie Ray Vaughn who cites Kenny as one of his major influences. A brilliant essay into the jazz blues idiom. Every track is a killer. Jazz buff's, music lovers and musicians alike will love this classic record. Sparse, tender, and tasteful. Enjoy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David Johnson VINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Hynotic, subtle and the same time wonderfully soulful this record surely sits within the top five of all time Blue Note releases. It's the ultimate late night session. The consistently wonderfully Kenny Burrell who makes the difficult sound effortlessly simple gives a masterclass in Jazz guitar playing with an endlesss tapestry of smooth licks that melt into the instinctive groove of Stanley Turrentine's sax. It's a partnership made in heaven, they work so languidly off each other on, "Mule" The way Burrell brings in the track on,"Soul lament," with his emotive twanging are classic bars of music. I am also particularly fond of the waltz tempo on,"Wavy Gravy."

This record is wonderfully focussed, Burrell's musical philosophy is stamped all over the music. The rhythm section do some great work too. On,"Midnight Blue," Ray Barretto's conga which keeps the groove skipping along.

Credit must also go to producer Alfred Lion who allowed Burrell scope and time to work through the tracks when at the time it was unusual to give the guitar so much exposure.

This record has a unique mood and feel to it that you simply won't find on other records. If you are just starting a Jazz collection make this one of your essential first purchases.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 30 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Wonderful indeed… and worthy of inclusion on anyone’s shortlist of the best late night albums ever made. Kenny Burrell’s & Stanley Turrentine’s superbly cool playing combined with strong blues based melodies and lock-tight backings produce music that completely captures the ambience of a smoky club on a hot summer night. Unobtrusive, unforgettable and packed full of low-key jazz virtuosity at its very best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2011
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This 1967 recording is deservedly Kenny Burrell's best known album; jazz/blues guitar par excellence. The playing from every member of the quintet is creative and restrained, and makes for a sublime and high-quality listening experience. It's perfect to set the late-night mood or for that matter, any other time of day and almost any occasion.

The whole album is so consistently good it's almost impossible to pick out any particular highlight: it just flows, effortlessly. Burrell's playing is virtuoso, understated and minimalist; the perfect counterpoint to the fine sax playing of Stanley Turrentine. Together they weave intricate conversational pieces of intelligence and humour, backed by a clever and interesting rhythm section: Major (`The Mule') Holley Jr on bass, Bill English on drums and the excellent conga playing of Ray Barretto whose inclusion, unexpectedly, adds much to the overall sound. If the listener chooses to become involved the rewards are great, and yet the music is overall so mellow and non-intrusive it might qualify as `easy listening' without any of the usual pejorative associations with the derivative or bland.

If your taste is beginning to mature into an appreciation of jazz, the greatest musical genre of all, then you will never regret adding this minor classic to your collection. If you like `Kind of Blue', the chances are you'll like this too.
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