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Blues: The Common Ground Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (9 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B00005N6SZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,908 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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"There's a lot of different kinds of blues," Kenny Burrell says. "Blues comes in a variety of shapes and colours, moods, and harmonies." The 1968 Blues: The Common Ground thrillingly illustrates the truth of those words. Backed by a tight rhythm section and, on most tracks, by Don Sebesky's imaginative arrangements, Burrell's guitar blazes its way from the traditional 12-bar blues of Ma Rainey to the funky modern jazz of Horace Silver. There are standards, originals, a spiritual performed unaccompanied and even a Buffalo Springfield tune. Blues--The Common Ground extends the boundaries of blues rhythm and harmony while exploring the many forms the blues can take.


The reissue of Kenny Burrell's 1968 Blues: The Common Ground on CD is decidedly welcome, for it is one of the supremely dependable guitarist's finest albums. Backed for the most part by an all-star orchestra revelling in Don Sebesky's imaginative arrangements, Burrell fashions a series of outstanding performances as accessible as they are penetrating, thus fully bearing out the record's titular claim. Particular felicities include "Everydays", "Burning Spear" and the title track. There are also two superb quartet cuts with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Grady Tate and an exquisite solo exploration of "Were You There?". No extra tracks or takes were discovered, but the album is richly rewarding from start to finish, its varied and durable pleasures belying the modest playing time. Now Verve should reissue the equally distinguished Night Song that Burrell made shortly afterwards. --Richard Palmer

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I am surprised that I am the first to review this excellent album that I've owned for many (many) years!
Eleven tracks recorded at three sessions over New Year 1968, one track is solo guitar, two are quartets (with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Grady Tate) the remainder being Kenny with a big band, featuring some well known big band musicians conducted by Don Sebesky.
The selection of tunes is varied, but all have a common basis: the blues.
Ranging from traditional songs like Ma Rainey's "See See Rider", "Everyday I Have The Blues" to modern compositions e.g. "the Preacher" (Horace Silver) and three from Kenny Burrell.
The concept of guitar and big band might seem to be a dubious project, but it works here because of the sensitive arrangements.
This really works as an album.
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Simply brilliant guitar playing....why can't I play like Mr.Burrell?
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Gold from Verve's Vaults 30 Dec. 2001
By Tom Schusterbauer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Start with that glorious "Midnight Blue" guitar of Kenny Burrell. Then throw in this rhythm section: Herbie Hancock on piano; Ron Carter on bass; Grady Tate on drums. A jazz all-star line-up.
But wait--toss in six trumpets (including Thad Jones), six trombones (including Jimmy Cleveland and Al Watrous), two tubas, and Jerome Richardson on woodwinds and reeds.
What do you have? Operatic overload? A musical mish-mash? No--what you have is one astonishing cd. The common ground, of course, is the blues--and somehow all these musicians, all these disparate instruments, meet successfully on this common ground.
Burrell's guitar is never overshadowed by all the instrumentation. And all those accompaniests know precisely how to contribute to this boundary-stretching set. Never heard the blues this way? Well, that doesn't mean it's not the blues. The boys in the band moan, swing, rise through the registers, and Burrell's guitar floats and burns through it all.
Arranger Don Sebesky's charts are always under control but wildly innovative. From track to track, you just don't know what to expect. But expect the kind of surprises that make you want to replay each cut before you move on to the next.
This is an in-car cd. Or someplace where you won't allow anything to divert your attention. There's so much to hear, so much to amaze, so much to remind you that the blues is not this instrument or that instrument, not this player or that player, not always mean and lowdown.The blues is a state of mind, a state of heart. You can get to the blues from all sorts of different directions. The players here do just that. They get to the blues, create the blues, and find that common ground.
F.Y.I.--this cd lists at $ and weighs in at only about 35 minutes. It's a straight set--no alternate takes, no false starts. So, a lot of your dollars per minute. That ratio stopped me from buying the cd the first couple of times I found it on-line or in music stores. Now, my only regret is that I didn't pick it up the first time I saw it. This is what jazz is supposed to be--new, exploratory, a different direction. Abstract? Not at all--this is as solid as the red clay of Georgia. Where else can you get all of that for $?
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOT & COOKIN' SOPHISTICATION!!! 4 Sept. 2006
By Beverly Praiswater - Published on Amazon.com
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Kenny Burrell is truly a jazz legend whose career spans (count them) 6 decades. And he is still recording! As one of the inspirations and predecessors to many guitar greats, he brings depth, soul, and sophistication to all of his songs. This cd is a collection of his blues interpretations. Nothing in his career will ever be the same after this venture! Yes, it IS that awesome, Kenny fans!

Recorded in 1968, this is perfection from a mature artist at his peak. "Everydays" is gorgeous and so cool! Kenny breaks into a swingin' frenzy! "Angel Eyes" is a beauty! Nobody instrumentally has put such finesse on this cut. "The Common Ground" swings as one of the sounds from the 60's. Kenny's guitar on "Wonder Why" is perfectly beautiful and the orchestrations add depth and pathos. "Soulful Brothers" has a texture that is rich but yet the sound is funky. "See See Rider" has mature 60's orchestrations backing up Kenny's loose rendition. "Sausalito Nights" is a masterpiece.

Accompanied by other legends in jazz, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter, it doesn't get any better than this! Backed up by a wide range of instruments: trombone, trumpet, tuba, various woodwinds, and reeds, and more makes the sound complete. Keeping Kenny out in front, it is the perfect instrumental backup.

Kenny Burrell has a rich, soulful history with his guitar. This cd is just one of many places that he proved that he is an artist for all instrumental jazz lovers who appreciate the finer sounds. Never boring, Kenny can do it all!
4.0 out of 5 stars Burrell is an icon 18 May 2006
By Stalwart Kreinblaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Burrell plays with the most assured soulful style - not hard to see why he was the sideman of choice in the 50's and 60's. This is one of his fine outings for verve.. playing with a larger band brings out a lot of fire from kenny. This is essential listening especially for aspiring guitarists (like myself)..

Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass are the 3 guitarists of the 60's that I most admire... Jim Hall too...
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Kenny Burrell's best 5 April 2014
By Glenn L - Published on Amazon.com
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GREAT blues album. The band behind him is the standard big band configuration, with the addition of a piccolo on top and a tuba on the bottom.....and they cook!
12 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not my kind of blues 25 Oct. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
after buying kenny burrells midnight blue and blue bash and his playing on jimmy smith "six views of the blues" i thought this was a sure hit. i should have read the credits because i'am not a big fan of horns (trombones,reeds, etc) and this was not the bluesy laid back blues i was expecting. saying that, i was still marveled at this mans guitar playing. i like him more on the trio combos with the b-3.
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