Kenny Burrell


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By 1980 it seemed as if guitarist Kenny Burrell was spending at least as much time looking backwards (paying tribute to the past greats) as he was creating new music. This out-of-print LP from the obscure AudioSource label features Burrell performing nine jazz standards ranging from "Night in Tunisia" and "A Child Is Born" to "Struttin' with Some Bar-B-Que" and even "When the Saints Go Marching In." The personnel varies but often includes trumpeter Oscar Brashear, Patrice Rushen or Pete Jolly on piano and occasionally the reeds of Marshall Royal, Jerome Richardson, Don Menza and Matt Catingub. A worthwhile if not particularly innovative set.

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