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God Bless the Child

Kenny BurrellAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026BT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be Yourself
2. Love Is The Answer
3. Do What You Gotta Do
4. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
5. A Child Is born
6. God Bless The Child
7. Lost In The Stars

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics are always the best June 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
when most people enter the world fo jazz, they may stumble around until they find something that suits their taste, or they may simply give up, since some jazz is very complicated and hard to follow... at first.
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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extravagant Jazz Collection August 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Kenny Burrell is one of the most prolific jazz guitarists to span about 6 decades. This recording produced by Creed Taylor, one of jazz's major successful commerical producers, in 1971 is Kenny's most elaborate work to date.

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.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful June 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this record in 1974 as I was just beginning to develop an understanding of and a love for jazz. All of the material on it is interesting and tastefully done, and, since it is a Creed Taylor production, it's as likely as not to have performances embellished with string arrangements. In general I'm not a huge fan of jazz with strings, but I have to make an exception in this case, and that is because of A Child Is Born / God Bless The Child. Although on both the CD and on the original LP, A Child Is Born / God Bless The Child is shown as two separate pieces, in fact it is a single continuous piece with a short section of semi-schmaltzy solo strings bridging the two together. When I first heard it, I liked the guitar parts, and I didn't quite get the string parts. But I quickly became very engrossed in it - so much so that I have not tired of listening to it in the thirty years since I first listened to it. The entire piece has a logic to it and it builds in a smouldering sort of emotional intensity from beginning to end with the middle section being like a breathing space. If there was nothing else on this CD it would still be worth the price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars flawless artistry ... shabby packaging October 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD
You would be hard-pressed to fault any of the music on here. Kenny Burrell is a supremely talented guitar player, and these tunes are mellow little jewels. Burrell's tasteful guitar technique is a far cry from the funky strumming of Grant Green, but it's still a style I can marvel at, appreciate, and enjoy. What bugs me about these "40th Anniversary" CTI reissues is the blandless of the packaging; a paper sleeve with zero liner notes or anything else special. Okay, you get an "alternate take" of "A Child is Born" on this version, but that doesn't really justify the high price. If labels keep putting out cheap packages like these, they should price it accordingly; much lower.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burrell at his very best July 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album as a"vinyl" in 1971 when it was first realeased, after 10 years or so it was more or less worn out, but somewhere around 1992 I luckily found it on CD. The music rewards repeated listening.BUT....you will be caught the very first time you hear it. This is the only album that Burrell did for the CTI label, s far as I know...The usage of small string group of violins and cello gives an impressionistic touch, and gives the music a kind of a beauty that almost hurts when listening to it. Burrels playing is absolutely outstanding it consists of his mix of sophisticated blues lines combined with very pretty harmonic playing, where each chord is carefully outlined, and he plays with such a confidence that it is overwhelming. Freddie Hubbard plays a beautiful solo on "Do what you gotta do" which also is one of the best tracks, but also the two classic ballads, "God Bless the Child" and "A Child is Born" are oustanding.. in my mind those two ballads might represent the best playing by Burrell ever. Buy this one if you are a Burrell fan, or just love beautiful swinging sweet and bluesy music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Kenny
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 more
Published 10 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny Burrell's CTI Jazz date
Another CTI Jazz gem. This re-issue was one I jumped on right away. This session is what Smooth jazz is all about.
Published 18 months ago by David Antoine
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny At His Best
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 more
Published on May 14, 2012 by Jerlaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Late night music
This disc from the Detroit native and master jazz guitarist, Kenny Burrel, was originally recorded in 1971. Read more
Published on March 1, 2007 by Enrique Torres
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Sweet
Don't expect any fast music here - the sort that you would expect from other virtuosos like Benson (the early one). Read more
Published on March 31, 2005 by Lew Sibal
5.0 out of 5 stars Great playing by Kenny Burrell -- as usual!
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
Published on December 1, 2003 by Tim Withee
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar master in top form...
Lovely album, all the way through. One could argue that some moments seem over-produced, but it's a minor quibble. Read more
Published on August 30, 2003 by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Standard for Jazz Guitar
Total command of the instrument, consummate taste, and phrasing far surpassing that of any other guitarist before or since... Read more
Published on February 4, 2002
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