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Kenny Burrell

One of the leading exponents of straight-ahead jazz guitar, Kenny Burrell is a highly influential artist whose understated and melodic style, grounded in bebop and blues, made him in an in-demand sideman from the mid-'50s onward and a standard by which many jazz guitarists gauge themselves to this day. Born in Detroit in 1931, Burrell grew up in a musical family in which his mother played piano and sang in the Second Baptist Church choir and his father favored the banjo and ukulele. Burrell began playing guitar at age 12 and quickly fell under the influence of such artists as Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, Oscar Moore, T-Bone Walker, and Muddy Waters. Surrounded by the vibrant jazz and blues scene of Detroit, Burrell began to play gigs around town and counted among his friends and bandmates pianist Tommy Flanagan, saxophonists Pepper Adams and Yusef Lateef, drummer Elvin Jones, and others.

In 1951, Burrell made his recording debut on a combo session that featured trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie as well as saxophonist John Coltrane, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, and bassist Percy Heath. Although his talent ranked among the best of the professional jazz players at the time, Burrell continued to study privately with renowned classical guitarist Joe Fava and enrolled in the music program at Wayne State University. Upon graduating in 1955 with a B.A. in music composition and theory, Burrell was hired for a six-month stint touring with pianist Oscar Peterson's trio. Then, in 1956, Burrell and Flanagan moved to New York City and immediately became two of the most sought-after sidemen in town, performing on gigs with such luminaries as singers Tony Bennett and Lena Horne, playing in Broadway pit orchestras, as well as recording with an array of legendary musicians including Coltrane, trumpeter Kenny Dorham, organist Jimmy Smith, vocalist Billie Holiday, and many others. Burrell made his recorded debut as a leader on the 1956 Blue Note session Introducing Kenny Burrell -- technically his second session for the label, but the first to see release. From the late '50s onward, Burrell continued to record by himself and with others, and has appeared on countless albums over the years including such notable albums as 1957's The Cats featuring Coltrane, 1963's Midnight Blue featuring saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, 1965's Guitar Forms with arrangements by Gil Evans, and 1968's Blues -- The Common Ground.

Beginning in 1971, Burrell started leading various college seminars including the first regular course to be held in the United States on the music of composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington. He continued performing, recording, and teaching throughout the '80s and '90s, releasing several albums including 1989's Guiding Spirit, 1991's Sunup to Sundown, 1994's Collaboration with pianist LaMont Johnson, 1995's Primal Blue, and 1998's church music-inspired Love Is the Answer. In 2001, Burrell released the relaxed quartet date A Lucky So and So on Concord and followed it up in 2003 with Blue Muse. He celebrated turning 75 years old in 2006 by recording a live date, released a year later as 75th Birthday Bash Live! In 2010, Burrell released the live album, Be Yourself: Live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, recorded at Lincoln Center's smaller club-like venue, followed two years later by Special Requests (And Other Favorites): Live at Catalina's. Besides continuing to perform, Burrell is the founder and director of the Jazz Studies Program at UCLA as well as President Emeritus of the Jazz Heritage Foundation. ~ Matt Collar & Al Campbell, Rovi
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I've always loved Kenny Burrell
kyle16954
Nice song
What a group! Nice intro to Stanley, accidental though it is. We know Kenny well enough to forgive the oversight <'to forgive is divine'>.... . . W i k i has a more than adequate Bio for K. B. First heard in person at Lenny's on the Turnpike around '67. viable
Please fix this bio
PANDORA: FIX THIS BIO NOW.
stancollins7
ahh... if it only were one little mistake made by someone they have never seen or met Unfortunatel y this error has been here three years (or is that err, I'm so confused but still human). Hope the bio gets fixed in a reasonable amount of time.
hrushdan
Please correct the BIo, it has been wrong for tooooo! long.
Biography is wrong here person.
Pandora get the bios right here please!
Kenny is my favorite guitarist of all time. Had a chance to meet him and get an autograph few years ago at the Detroit Jazz Festival.
scorp008
... to ERR ... is human, human!
scorp008
Perhaps the AUTHOR is reading his own cliff notes ... he made significant gaffes, too, forgetting all about Howard Roberts good friend (listed here) Kenny Burrell - makes me wonder if he knows the difference between a GUITAR and a PIANO ... ????
GET IT TOGETHER!! No KENNY BIO HERE!
dliscomb
Stanley Cowell is not Kenny Burrell. Sheesh.
i agree with avabrenjen u r going to have cliches otherwise u can look up kenny's bio somewhere else
Smokey-matur e - w a r m i n g ... not necessarily referring to whiskey !
Paul Silbergleit is not on Pandora, but truly another modern day great jazz guitarists you should check out!
avabrenjen
People make mistakes. Half of you are listening to Pandora for free and complaining about one little mistake made by someone they have never seen or met...Get over yourselves.. . T o error is human
pyfloo
Bio still incorrectly links to Stanley Cowell's bio. Pandora, please fix!
I looked up the liner notes. Here is the band lowdown:
Personnel:
Kenny Burrell (guitar)
Donald Byrd (trumpet)
Frank Foster (tenor saxophone)
Tommy Flanagan (piano)
Doug Watkins (bass)
Arthur Taylor (drums)
ericoryder
Does Kenny Burrell play piano as well? I thought he was primarily a guitarist?
Apparently the issue of the wrong bio being associated with Kenny Burrell has been known for at least a year, and its still not fixed. If the intent of providing bios is to educate, then more attention needs to be paid
aerpj0904
i heard him before several year ago; never knew his name until now.
Like meeting an old friend.
ggerst7003

he is the best jazz guitarist. I have enjoyed his work since I was a teenager
WHERE IS KENNY BURRELL BIO???
nicturek
wrong bio. get your s**t together.
randy0310
Folks - Obviously the wrong Bio! But when you have a chance check out Midnight Creeper with Kenny, G.Benson, and a host of other greats.
Uh I'm confused. I loved the song I just heard (for the very first time) so I went in to learn more about the artist and someone else is shown. So the guitarist's actual name is Kenny Burrell?
j_e_selner
I didn't know he played piano.
dndbndct
You have the wrong biography for Kenny Burrell! This is a completely different artist ( and not even a Guitarist!).
allanploth
OK...
allanploth
Kenny Burrell = Stanley Cowell? To whom do we address this TRAVESTY???

But seriously, folks... All due respect to SC, KB deserves more at this juncture.
djaehne
Jan 17, still not corrected...
tlb786
Seconding Dave Whitmore's complaint.
No change same mapping problem
Hello Pandora -- you have a database mapping problem here! You're pointing to Stanley Cowell's bio for all of Kenny Burrell's stuff.
kikinewt
Why is the biography of Stanley Cowell under Kenny Burrells' name?
If he's a pianist, why do all the album covers and songs feature a guitar?
What the.......? Come on, now. What's up with that PANDORA ?
oops pandora :(
rlightburn8
Okay, the text is a bio of Stanley Cowell, but it's titled Kenney Burrell.
WHOS MINDING THE STORE?
Been touching my soul since the sixties... inspired me to learn to play.
I think they have Mr. Burrell's link and Mr. Stanley Cowell's links mixed. PANDORA please undo this unfortunate problem.
kjenkinsjc
Had a chance to see him live in Saginaw Michigan. He was one of my earliest influences. Great guitarist. He and Jimmy Smith were a nice combination.
My favorite jazz guitarist right behind Michael Henry Martin.
dchijellis
Light on the strings and very cool.
mcginnis73
unreal, sassy, makes me smile, upbeat, downtown, in the dark, with the golden eternity of muse
Kenny maybe the smoothest of the smooth. add benson and green to the mix and you have some kind of threesome and along comes mr. sparks. oh yeah
gospelvoz
this song is just taking me "there": to that place of listless ethereal neverending day-dreamy summertime bliss. mmm. fabulous feel and beautiful seasoned style. I hope you've duplicated and multiplied yourself in more people so that your sound will live on! wow! and i never even knew until today!

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www.myspace. c o m / p e n n y s v o i c e
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