Kenny Burrell

Cool Cookin'

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Kenny Burrell's recordings for Cadet and Argo are sampled on this two-record set reissued in 1972. Eight of the 20 tracks come from Burrell's 1959 performance at the Village Vanguard with Richard Davis and Roy Haynes. The guitarist is the primary focus of the date, and he makes the most of the opportunity. Burrell is soft yet swinging in the five selections from the 1966 sessions (from the LP The Tender Gender) with Richard Wyands, Martin Rivera, and Oliver Jackson. Three of the compositions are by Burrell, and he adds strong performances of "Girl Talk" and a brief solo take of "People." Meredith Willson's "Arm in Arm" is actually from a quartet date led by Hank Jones, with Burrell, Milt Hinton, and Elvin Jones. Less interesting are the tracks featuring an orchestra conducted and arranged by Richard Evans. This is an excellent sampler of Burrell's work for Cadet.

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