Kenny Burrell

Blue Muse

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This CD by guitarist Kenny Burrell begins with a solid swinger, Will Davis' "Mark 1." Unfortunately, most of the remainder of the set is ballad-oriented and features Burrell's vocals on nearly half of the selections. While Burrell's voice is not bad, it cannot carry an entire project by itself. His guitar playing is fine, but there are no moments where one feels that he is really stretching himself. There are appearances from veteran pianist Gerald Wiggins and tenor saxophonist Herman Riley that add a little bit of spark to the set, but not enough to make this so-so effort all that memorable.

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