Kenny Burrell : Guitar Forms

Kenny Burrell : Guitar Forms


Kenny Burrell (guitar), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Johnny Coles (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Ray Alonge (flugelhorn), John Barber (tuba), Ron Carter (bass), Elvin Jones (drums), Gil Evans (arrangement, conductor)

Verve 8612

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1  -  Downstairs
A2 - Lotus land
A3 _ Terrace theme
A4 - Prelude #2 excerpt
B1 - Moon and sand
B2 - Loie
B3 - Greensleeves
B4 - Last night when we were young
B5 - Breadwinner

Recorded on December 4 & 15, 1964 and April 5 & 12, 1965 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Englewoods Cliffs, New Jersey.

Though the jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell is associated mostly with Blue Note-based hard bop and soul-jazz (he had a hit with the funky "Chile con Carne"), he is also a musician of considerable artistry. Witness his landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms, which rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis. Indeed, the track "Lotus Land" has a bolero form very reminiscent of Sketches of Spain. There is no stinting on the blues here, either, as evidenced on "Downstairs" and "Terrace Theme." But the highlights are the bossa nova version of Alec Wilder's "Moon and Sand," as well as a characteristically slow and luxurious treatment of Harold Arlen's "Last Night When We Were Young." Throughout, Burrell takes thoughtful, concise, and utterly musical solos, and even switches to acoustic classical guitar on "Prelude #2" and "Loie."

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under