Music Matters Blue Note reissues from the original master tapes
Edition limited to 2,500 copies
Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet´s editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.
This album is one of guitarist Kenny Burrell´s best-known sessions for the Blue Note label.
Alfred Lion considered this his favorite production and well he should have. Without piano, Burrell, Stanley Turrentine and company get a clean open sound and a deep groove on such now classic compositions as the title tune and "Chitlins Con Carne," which has become a blues band staple.
Burrell raises the heat and is heard at his most exhilarating and extroverted on this album. His soulful playing on such songs as "Chitlins Con Carne," "Saturday Night Blues" and "Gee Baby Ain´t I Good To You" is so greasy and emotional that it reminds one that both B.B. King and Duke Ellington often cited Kenny Burrell as their favorite guitarist. While Kenny Burrell has recorded scores of albums since this time, Midnight Blue cannot be topped and will always be one of the key recordings that he will be remembered for. This superbly recorded classic needs to be in every jazz collection.
Originally released in 1963.
Ray Barretto, conga
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Billy Gene English, drums
Major Holley Jr., bass
Stanley Turrentine, sax (tenor)