Kenny Burrell

For Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman

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Kenny Burrell's tribute to Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman covers 11 of the songs they recorded together, but doesn't make the mistake of trying to sound anything like their historic recordings during their short time performing together. The guitarist is joined by a first-rate group, including Phil Woods on alto sax and clarinet, bassist Ron Carter, drummer Grady Tate, and vibraphonist Mike Mainieri. Burrell is the only soloist on a soft bossa nova treatment of "As Long as I Live" and the lightly swinging "I Surrender Dear." Things pick up a bit with a driving arrangement of "Stompin' at the Savoy," as Woods' brash alto briefly grabs the spotlight in exchanges with the leader, while Woods switches to clarinet for the snappy blues "A Smooth One" (which also adds Richard Wyands on piano) and the foot-patting "Moonglow." Burrell kicks into high gear for one of Goodman's most requested numbers, the always exciting "Seven Come Eleven," which also has a brief understated vibes solo by Mainieri. This is well worth acquiring by fans of Kenny Burrell.

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