God Bless the Child
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, October 5, 2010
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But with top flight musicians and some beautifully simple melodies, Kenny Burrel draws us into the jazz world and takes us for a fine ride.
My favorite is God bless the child, since it is such a soulful piece of music to start with, and then Burrell gives it the power of variation. He even dabbles with Santa Claus is coming to town, so suited to a child's imagination, then takes us back to the message: Care for the children; they matter; they're important, and his guitar says it without words. The cello is a really nice touch...
This is a must have, no matter what your musical taste, since now matter how sad you are froma lost love, or how happy you might be with a new one, this music has the power to heal.
Classic jazz songs (each over 8 minutes long!) include "A Child Is Born" and "God Bless The Child" plus a Broadway tune "Lost In The Stars". In addition to these standards, there are original songs written by Kenny Burrell. On top of that, add a who's who of musical talents who join Kenny in this musical palette. These jazz legends include Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Ray Barretto, and Freddie Hubbard to name a few. What an entourage!
The original lp released in 1971 had only 5 songs. A cd released in the late nineties included 7 songs. But this cd has an extra bonus cut, another version of "A Child Is Born" which is over 7 minutes long, remastered from the original tapes and includes 8 songs for your listening pleasure.
Some will say that this is not Kenny Burrell's "true sound" due to lush orchestrations and the addition of other very fine jazz legend talents. But a truly gifted artist is always improvising, always growing, and always discovering. In this collection, Kenny Burrell shows us a side of himself rarely seen. Always in the foreground of the accompanying musicians, this music is as much about Kenny Burrell as any other in his recording career. We are the lucky ones to have the opportunity to enjoy the experience.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kenny Burrell is likely my favorite jazz guitarist. He's just got an understated, bluesy style that I find interesting to listen to.Published 12 months ago by Larry A Laird
Just say brilliant. Burrell is one of the most prolific jazz recording artists of all time and is always incredible. Buy this one.Published 16 months ago by nancy a. dorner
Really good. More orchestral at times and melodic than some of the more straight ahead albums. His version of "God Bless The Child" is just wonderful. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by chris
Another CTI Jazz gem. This re-issue was one I jumped on right away. This session is what Smooth jazz is all about.Published on January 17, 2013 by David Antoine
Of all the jazz guitarists around, Kenny may be the most underrated. He is a bebop/Blues type of player who has extraordinarily good taste. Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Jerlaw
This disc from the Detroit native and master jazz guitarist, Kenny Burrel, was originally recorded in 1971. Read morePublished on March 1, 2007 by Enrique Torres
Don't expect any fast music here - the sort that you would expect from other virtuosos like Benson (the early one). Read morePublished on March 31, 2005 by Lew Sibal
I'm a big Kenny Burrell fan. He's the most soulful straight ahead jazz guitarist around, no question about it.
I too own this effort in vinyl and CD. Read more
Lovely album, all the way through. One could argue that some moments seem over-produced, but it's a minor quibble. Read morePublished on August 30, 2003 by William E. Adams