Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Kenny Burrell - God Bless The Child (CTI 1971)




5 Comments:

Anonymous bob said...

must resist temptation...
using up download limit
must resist...

aaaah, can't help it!

What a great album, thankyou.

9/14/2006 2:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on what side you're on,Creed Taylor has been given credit or been taking the blame for the "smooth jazz" of recent years. I can't stand what's being called Jazz these days but to my mind what CTI did was "elegant" Jazz as opposed to the slop called "smooth." Thanks for posting a CTI issue. Burrell's artistry comes through loud and clear and it does fit with the lush arrangements.

9/17/2006 10:56 AM  
Blogger sou.th low said...

Kenny Burrell's guitaristry is well-documented in his years with Oscar Peterson and on his first dates as a leader on the Blue Note label, but God Bless the Child, his only date for CTI in 1971, is an under-heard masterpiece in his catalog. Burrell's band for the set includes bassist Ron Carter, percussionist Ray Barretto, Richard Wyands on piano, flutist Hubert Laws, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and drummer Billy Cobham. CTI's house arranger, Don Sebesky, assembled and conducted the strings in a manner that stands strangely and beautifully apart from his other work on the label. Sebesky understood Burrell's understated approach to playing guitar. Burrell didn't belong with the fusioneers, but he could groove better than any of them. Sebesky built a moody, atmospheric soundscape behind him, one that was as impressionistic as it was illuminating of a player who could dig in and chop it up -- as he does on his own composition "Love Is the Answer" and "Do What You Gotta Do" -- and stroke it smooth and mellow as on the title track, the truly sublime "Be Yourself," and Thad Jones' "A Child Is Born." The Legacy CD remaster also includes the only three outtakes from the session, an alternate of the Jones tune, and two brief but gorgeous solos on "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" and on Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars." This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent.

10/17/2006 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love this album, especially the first two tracks. I just ordered the CD. :)

2/03/2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

what's the password?

12/14/2007 8:04 PM  

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