Kenny Burrell - Guitar
While few fans of guitarist Kenny Burrell would claim that he has been an innovator, most would point to his solid creativity, strongly bluesy rhythm feel and the fact that he has worked with most of the giants of the soulful hard-bop era dominated by the Blue Note and Prestige labels.
A Detroit native, born July 31, 1931, Burrell left his hometown during the mid-'50s. He had worked locally through the early '50s and recorded there with Dizzy Gillespie, as well as touring with Oscar Peterson before making the move East. After reaching the East Coast, he worked with Benny Goodman, then began on his own band with various like-minded players, including organist Jimmy Smith. He's played as a sideman on hundreds of albums, including dates by John Coltrane, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Donald Byrd and Sonny Rollins.

Burrell never achieved the popularity of George Benson or Wes Montgomery. His best Blue Note efforts include Blue Lights and Midnight Blue, while his Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane on Prestige is also recommended, along with his Verve collaboration with arranger Evans, Guitar Forms. Burrell started teaching in the early '70s, and today he works at UCLA.
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Recommended recordings
Kenny Burrell OJC 019-2 - Prestige 7088
Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane OJC 300-2 - New Jazz 8276
Midnight Blue Blue Note 46399
Introducing Kenny Burrell  Blue Note
Round Midnight  OJC
Bluesy Burrell (with Coleman Hawkins) OJC
Blue Bash Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith Verve
All Day Long (with Donald Byrd) OJC
All Night Long (with Donald Byrd) OJC
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