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Kenny Burrell With Coleman Hawkins : Bluesey Burrell

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AllMusic Review by Jim Todd

This session is valuable for the majestic playing of tenor great Coleman Hawkins, who performs on half of the eight tracks. Released on the Prestige subsidiary Moodsville — a label that specialized in recordings with an intimate, reflective atmosphere — the Moodsville sound doesn’t sit comfortably on Hawkins. His playing is brilliantly relaxed, but it’s not mood music. Leader Kenny Burrell’s playing is much more in line with the Moodsville groove. The guitarist is not amplified as much as he is on his Prestige dates from this time. In fact, he performs on a nylon-string instrument almost as much as he does on his hollow-body electric. Unlike Hawkins, Burrell’s subdued contribution is made to measure for this date. Listeners expecting to hear Burrell the hard bopper won’t. The key moments come during the interaction between the guitarist and tenor player, especially during their exchanges on Burrell’s “Montono Blues.” The rhythm section, Hawkins’ working band from this period (pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Major Holley, and drummer Eddie Locke) provides impeccable, sublime support.

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This session is a model of the emotionally intense ballad programs featured on Prestige’s Moodsville subsidiary. The great Kenny Burrell receives a major assist from saxophone patriarch Coleman Hawkins (who is in exemplary early-Sixties form), Hawkins’ rhythm section of the time (made up exclusively of natives of Burrell’s hometown Detroit) and conga drummer Ray Barretto.

The choice of material and variety of settings are inspired, with Burrell heard solo on “No More,” over just bass and drums on “Guilty,” in two different settings and on three titles by the full sextet. Each soloist is fully engaged throughout, with things shifting into even higher gear when Burrell and Hawkins converse on “Montono Blues” and “I Thought About You.”

 

1. Tres Palabras
2. No More
3. Guilty
4. Montono Blues
1. I Thought About You
2. Out of this World
3. It’s Getting Dark

 

Additional information

Weight 0.900 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm