Kenny Burrell

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Kenny Burrell

Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell (born July 31, 1931 in Detroit , Michigan ) is an American jazz guitarist who was also active as a singer. His music is mostly blues , hard bop and post bop , but he plays other styles of jazz just as well.

Live and act

Burrell made his first recording in 1951 with Dizzy Gillespie . After moving from Detroit to New York in 1956 , he played with many well-known musicians, including John Coltrane , Benny Goodman , Bill Evans , Gil Evans ( The Individualism of Gil Evans ), Stan Getz , Billie Holiday , Milt Jackson , Quincy Jones , Oscar Peterson , Sonny Rollins , Jimmy Smith , Stanley Turrentine and Cedar Walton . Since 1951 he has also repeatedly led his own groups, to which the pianist Richard Wyands belonged for ten years since 1965 .

From 1973 he worked primarily as a studio musician. In addition, he began to give seminars on music, especially on Duke Ellington . Burrell currently works as the director of jazz studies at UCLA .

He has about 100 LPs resp. CDs recorded including Midnight Blue (1963), Blue Lights , Guitar Forms , Sunup To Sundown (1990), Soft Winds (1993), Then Along Came Kenny (1993) and Lotus Blossom (1995). In the course of his career, Burrell sang on several records, such as Man We're Beat , which he recorded for Columbia with the Tommy Wolf Quartet in 1960, as well as on a private recording with Buck Clayton ( Jazz at JJ's (1965)) and on his own Albums Lucky So and So (Concord, 2000), Blue Muse (Concord, 2002), 75th Birthday Bash Live (Blue Note, 2006) and Special Requests (And Other Favorites): Live at Catalina's (High Note, 2012).

Kenny Burrell was voted Jazz Guitarist of the Year four times in a row by the readers and critics of the world's top- selling jazz magazine Down Beat (1968–1971).

In 2005 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship .

Discography (selection)

  • Introducing Kenny Burrell (1956), Blue Note
  • The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert (1956), Verve
  • All Day Long (1957), Prestige
  • Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane (1958), Prestige
  • Blue Lights (1958), Blue Note
  • On View At The Five Spot Cafe (1959), Blue Note
  • Bluesy Burrell (1962), Moodsville
  • Midnight Blue (1963), Blue Note
  • Guitar Forms (1964 & 1965), Verve
  • 'Round Midnight (1972), Fantasy
  • Ellington Is Forever (1975-77), Fantasy
  • 12-15-78 (1999), 32 Jazz
  • Lucky So and So (2001), Concord Jazz

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Marc Myers: Kenny Burrell: Dream Weaver. Jazzwax, October 24, 2019, accessed on October 24, 2019 .
  2. ( Page no longer available , search in web archives: Down Beat Readers Poll (English) ), accessed on September 21, 2009@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /