Kenny Burrell

Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell ( born July 31, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz guitarist. His music is mostly blues, hard bop and post-bop, but he plays just as well other jazz styles.

Life and work

Burrell made ​​his recording debut in 1951 with Dizzy Gillespie. After 1956 he moved from Detroit to New York, he played with many famous musicians, among others, John Coltrane, Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Gil Evans (The Individualism of Gil Evans ), Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine and Cedar Walton. Since 1951 he also repeatedly own groups, one of which was for ten years the pianist Richard Wyands since 1965.

From 1973, he worked primarily as a studio musician. In addition, he began to give seminars on music, especially about Duke Ellington. Burrell is currently working as Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA.

He has about 100 LPs, respectively. Recorded CDs, including Midnight Blue ( 1963), Blue Lights, Guitar Forms, Sunup To Sundown (1990 ), Soft Winds (1993 ), Then Along Came Kenny (1993) and Lotus Blossom (1995).

Kenny Burrell was elected four times in a row by the readers and critics of the world's largest-circulation magazine Down Beat Jazz Jazz Guitarist of the Year (1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 )

In 2005 he received the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship.

Discography (selection)

  • Introducing Kenny Burrell (1956 ), Blue Note
  • The Essential Billie Holiday - Carnegie Hall Concert ( 1956), Verve
  • All Day Long ( 1957), Prestige
  • Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane (1958), Prestige
  • Blue Lights (1958), Blue Note
  • Bluesy Burrell (1962), Moodsville
  • Midnight Blue (1963 ) Blue Note
  • Guitar Forms (1964 & 1965), Verve
  • 'Round Midnight (1972 ), Fantasy
  • Ellington Is Forever ( 1975-77 ), Fantasy
  • 12-15-78 (1999), 32 Jazz
  • Lucky So and So ( 2001), Concord Jazz