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One of the more low-profile offerings in Blue Note's best-of introductory series, this 13-track roundup of guitarist Kenny Burrell's work for the label still provides a fine overview of the jazz veteran's long career. Covering a stretch from his 1956 label debut ("Now See How You Are") to a 1986 live session at the Village Vanguard ("Jeannine"), the disc nicely spotlights Burrell's chunky, blues-tinged playing in the company of the best hard bop players of the day. There's also an excellent sample from his pinnacle Blue Lights recordings ("Phinupi"). Perfect for Burrell newcomers.


Born: July 31, 1931 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the leading exponents of straight-ahead jazz guitar, Kenny Burrell is a highly influential artist whose understated and melodic style, grounded in bebop and blues, made him in an in-demand sideman from the mid-'50s onward and a standard by which many jazz guitarists gauge themselves to this day. Born in Detroit in 1931, Burrell grew up in a musical family in which his mother played piano and sang in the Second Baptist Church choir, while his father favored the banjo and ukulele. Burrell began...
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  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop, Hard Bop
  • Released: Feb 23, 1995

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