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4.7 out of 5 stars

TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 March 2016
Late night music, sit in a room with shaded lights, somebody warm to cuddle up to....Midnight won't be blue for you!

I first heard of Kenny Burrell 30+ years ago when I was a RAF wireless technician in Berlin. I heard the AFRS radio station playing something of his, and made a mental note to check him out. There was no chance of getting a record from the NAAFI stores and I couldn't find anything in the US PX stores either, but there was a fairly large selection of record shops in Berlin and so I found an LP. It cost me about three times what it would have cost to buy a Rock LP from the NAAFI and about 4 times what it would have cost me to buy it in the American PX, and It turned out to be an acoustic performance,. Not what I was expecting. But I still have the LP (Black Vinyl - remember those?)

However on this new disc I got what I was looking for - Laid back jazz and lovely it is - not smooth Jazz, but it was real cool jazz. What's the difference?. I guess it's in the timing and the drums.
It really does make a change. I love it and I will be getting more

AFRS = American Forces Radio station ,NAAFI = Naval, army, and Air forces Institute, a kind of multiple store, every base had more that one, Berlin had many , but there was one Large department store in the city.A bit like a kind of like one of the bigger stores you would once have found in a big city. PX= US forces Personnel exchange store similar to the NAAFI.
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on 28 March 2016
This must be one of the finest gentle, cool, swinging, modern jazz group records of all time.
Burrell plays guitar with Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax, Major Holley Jr on bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga.
Burrell is at his best and this CD makes you realize that Turrentine is perhaps one of the most underrated tenor players. He certainly is on this showing.
Ideal for gentle listening this is a CD (with 2 additional tracks added to the original LP release) which you will want to play over and over. Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, the addition of the conga adds to the group rather than the reverse.
Playing time of around 43 minutes is not particularly long for a CD, but quality takes precedence over quantity this time and it is a highly recommenced disc.
If ever the term 'elegant' could be used of modern jazz maybe this is it.
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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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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 10 July 2011
From those good people at Blue Note comes yet another classic session, remastered lovingly (by Rudy Van Gelder, to whom jazz lovers` eternal thanks are due for these releases) and reissued in the original cover, with old and new sleevenotes, along with the stylish, instantly recognisable back cover layout.
The line-up on this 1962/3 date under the name of tasteful, well toned & honed guitarist Kenny Burrell includes Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) on tenor sax, his sinewy, nicely placed interjections aptly complementing the bluesy ambience of the tracks on which he plays. Burrell himself plays with his customary succinct restraint, his mix of gently strummed chords and always to-the-point improvisatory runs a pleasure to hear.
I don`t always take to jazz guitar, simply due to the somewhat spidery, arid tone some players adopt (at least when recorded) which can have a `neither one thing or the other` effect on this listener. Burrell, however, has a wonderfully full, coolly sweet tone, perfect for this set of blues numbers, mostly written by the guitarist, with the exception of a fine rendering of eighty year-old standard Gee Baby, Ain`t I Good To You.
Burrell`s sole solo, his own brief Soul Lament, is an evocative, beautifully executed highlight of this well-planned disc.
Major Holley Jr is excellent on bass, and Bill English`s drumming is fully fit for purpose, if occasionally a touch pedantic, though an Elvin Jones or a Tony Williams would have unbalanced this mostly serene selection.
Anything but serene is the first of the extra tracks, a welcome uptempo workout, Kenny`s Sound, where the drummer comes into his own, as does Ray Barretto`s conga. This is followed by the second of the extras, K Twist, an unremarkable closer to a hugely pleasurable set.
Not a disc for all moods, the clue being in the title, but a perfect accompaniment to those times when you do need to let gently swinging blues played by master musicians embrace & envelop you.
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on 3 February 2018
Very relaxing to listen to, great quality recording on the Blue Note Label, good value at £5.99p probably the best guitar led jazz CD that I have brought to date, I would highly reccomend this CD.
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on 2 September 2013
Midnight Blue "does what it says on the tin {sleeve}"

My introduction to jazz [although I didn't then know what it was called] back in 1963, when I was a teenager, and someone played this LP at the end of a party, lights very low..... I was "hooked" - and have remained so for fifty years. Not a wasted note, and every one playing gives 110%. Perfect for "Midnight" - but also any time of the day. Stan [the man] Turrentine is great too, although he does not appear on all the tracks.
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on 24 July 2017
Fans of Kenny Burrell would have known that he is good and this is one of his better works. Like it. Will consider getting the vinyl format at a later date. For music fans exploring jazz, do give this album a try. Easy listening.
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on 23 February 2018
Fine album
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on 18 February 2018
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on 8 September 2016
What can you say about KENNY BURRELL that has not been said already .... this cd is great for people who want to get there first intro to the world of BURRELL ....
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