Kenny's Sound – Kenny Burrell
A "rhythm changes" riff head with stop-time pedal figures. The bridge changes are different in Kenny Burrell's and Jimmy Smith's recordings; both are shown on our lead sheet.
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- Recording: Kenny Burrell - Midnight Blue
- Recorded on: January 8, 1963
- Label: Blue Note (BLP 4123)
- Concert Key: B-flat
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Tenor Sax - Stanley Turrentine
- Guitar - Kenny Burrell
- Bass - Major Holley
- Drums - Bill English
- Conga - Ray Barretto
The bridge changes are different from the standard "rhythm changes" bridge; on this recording the bridge goes to E♭ and then D♭.
On this recording, tenor sax and guitar have the melody in unison on the A section (plus guitar octaves in the last two measures). Kenny plays the bridge melody in block chords, with the top line in unison with the tenor. A one-measure coda is added with a melody break and final hit.
Our lead sheet shows both the bridge changes from this version and Jimmy Smith's (alternate changes are below the staff). The bridge melody could conceivably work with the alternate changes, though it's not played on the Jimmy Smith recording.
The version from the 1963 "Midnight Blue" session was unissued until the CD release in 1986. The first widely available recording of Kenny's Sound came later in 1963, when Kenny recorded it with Jimmy Smith on the Verve album "Blue Bash."
Burrell's solo on this song, which has "rhythm changes" A sections and a simple, descending bridge, is a hallmark showcase of his characteristic tastefulness and rich tone, seamlessly weaving between bluesy stabs and bebop threading in a manner that reflects a mastery of both.
With no piano present, Burrell also lays down some grooving and driving comping behind Turrentine's solo, making frequent use of bluesy double stops and repeating rhythms to lock in the band beneath Turrentine's preaching.
born on July 31, 1931
Duke Ellington's favorite guitar player, Kenny Burrell has influenced musicians worldwide. His career spans decades, from his first recording session with Dizzy Gillespie at the age of twenty to his current job as head of the jazz program at UCLA. Read more...