Thursday, December 13, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Kenny Burrell
Artist:Kenny Burrell w/Art Blakey
Song:Lady Be Good
Album:On View At The Five Spot Cafe
Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell is a disciple of Duke Ellington and supposedly Duke's favourite guitarist. He was born July 31, 1931 in Detroit. He started out in the Detroit jazz scene. He recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and toured with Oscar Peterson and moved to New York City in 1956. He was very busy playing sessions and recorded as a leader too. This 1959 live recording is very typical of Burrell's straight bop of that time. Musicians include Art Blakey on drums, Tina Brooks on tenor sax, either Roland Hanna or Bobby Timmons on piano and Ben Tucker on bass. Blue Note released it on CD with bonus tracks in 1987. Though Burrell continues to record, since the 70s he has been in charge of the Jazz Studies program at UCLA in Los Angeles. Blue Note released Kenny Burrell's 75th Birthday Bash Live earlier this year. Here's Kenny Burrell performing Jeannine with Bob Magnusson on bass and Sherman Ferguson on drums on Club Date in the late 80s.