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This review is from: Bluesy Burrell (Audio CD)
All that my fellow reviewer above says is on the money. This is a glorious mixed bag, with the indeed bluesy, sinuous, unemphatically fluent guitar of Kenny Burrell (80 next month) a quiet joy to listen to, rendering the moody, murmourous tenor sax of the great Coleman Hawkins all the more contrastingly complementary on the four tracks on which he`s heard.
The opener, Tres Palabras, is irresistible, drawing the listener in immediately, a Latin-flecked number with an introductory few bars from Burrell, followed by a typically economical solo from the excellent Tommy Flanagan (1930-2001), a pianist I love to hear. He`s a sympathetic foil to the others and plays some lovely phrases on each track. The Hawk pounces on proceedings next with a brief, pointed solo that says in a few bars why he`s one of the greats.
Montono Blues is similarly sensual, if not funky, the nearest this sultry set gets to - whisper it - an almost r`n`b groove. Hawkins pays another blinder of a solo. (I sometimes - ie. whenever I hear him - think Coleman was THE ultimate jazz sax player.) He trades licks with Burrell, and the whole thing is delectable. The following I Thought About You is utterly lovely, Hawk and Burrell answering each other with hushed phrases like the tender conversation of lovers, Burrell playing expressive chords behind Hawk`s hesitant remarks, until the latter takes a smokily gorgeous solo.
Eddie Locke (1930-2009) is not a drummer I know much about but he`s solid enough here and keeps a light, sure beat, all that`s required on a languid date like this one. Major Holley (1924-1990) is on bass, and the illustrious Puerto Rican percussionist Ray Barretto (1929-2006) pitches in on congas on four tracks.
The final, extra, track is with a different group of musicians, and is a more conventional number in some ways, but no less welcome after the preceding atmospherics, featuring a tasty piano solo from Gildo Mahones (82 this month) and the smooth, pleasing alto sax of Leo Wright (1933-91).
It`s the combination of Burrell`s always adroit, poignant guitar, Flanagan`s tuneful, spring-heeled piano, and the weighty yet tremulous sax of the mighty Hawk that make this disc special.
Recommended - to lovers and jazz lovers alike.