A rare set of work by Kenny Burrell
– recorded for Blue Note in 1963, but unissued until the time of this early 80s Japanese-only release! The work is amazing – quite different than some of Kenny
's other work for Blue Note, in that the tracks are shorter, and apparently recorded with the intention of releasing the material on 45 rpm singles. Kenny
's tone is great – lean, mean, and perfect for the setting – a masterpiece of economy and soul. And players include Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Bill English, and Ray Barretto on one session; and Seldon Powell, Hank Jones, and Osie Johnson on another. There's some great twists and turns to the tunes – including Baretto's conga licks, tasty flute from Powell, and even a bit of organ from Jones – and titles include "G Minor Bash", "K Twist", "Freedom", "The Good Life", and "Loie".
(Original Japanese pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)