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Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone)
Major Holley Jr. (bass)
Bill English (drums)
Ray Barretto (congas)
Recorded January 8, 1963 in Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Produced by Alfred Lion
Originally released as Blue Note BLP 4123 (mono) and BST 84123 (stereo)
"In preparing these hi def remasters, we were very conscientious about maintaining the feel of the original releases while adding a previously unattainable transparency and depth. It now sounds like you've set up your chaise lounge right in the middle of Rudy Van Gelder's studio!" - Blue Note President, Don Was.
Midnight Blue is Kenny Burrell's understated masterpiece and one of the finest displays of bluesy-jazz guitar playing. The guitarist whose tone entranced Jimi Hendrix and whose style was emulated by Stevie Ray Vaughan moves deliberately and patiently through this intimate set. Standouts include the smokin' opener, "Chitlins Con Carne" and the stunning "Soul Lament." His elegant choice of chords and melodic intensity are powerful and fluid. This star-studded affair also features tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, double-bassist Major Holley Jr., drummer Bill English and conga-player Ray Barretto. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library," describing the album as "one of the great jazzy blues records."