Midnight Blue (Kenny Burrell album)

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Midnight Blue
Midnight blue.jpg
Studio album by Kenny Burrell
Released Early May 1963[1]
Recorded January 8, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Genre Jazz, Jazz blues, Hardbop
Length 35:39 original LP
45:18 CD reissue
Label Blue Note
BST 84123
Producer Michael Cuscuna, Alfred Lion, Tom Vasatka
Kenny Burrell chronology
Bluesy Burrell
Midnight Blue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

Midnight Blue is a 1963[3][4][5] album by Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga, and is one of Burrell's best-known works for Blue Note.[6] Jazz Improv Magazine lists the album among its top five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "[i]f you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is".[7] In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".[8] The album has been re-issued by Blue Note and the French label Classics.

Track listing[edit]

Except where otherwise noted, all songs composed by Kenny Burrell.

  1. "Chitlins con Carne" – 5:30
  2. "Mule" (Burrell, Major Holley, Jr.) – 6:56
  3. "Soul Lament" – 2:43
  4. "Midnight Blue" – 4:02
  5. "Wavy Gravy" – 5:47
  6. "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (Andy Razaf, Don Redman) – 4:25
  7. "Saturday Night Blues" – 6:16
  8. "Kenny's Sound" (reissue bonus track) – 4:43
  9. "K Twist" (reissue bonus track)– 3:36





  1. ^ Billboard May 11, 1963
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Blue Note discography
  4. ^ Allmusic.com
  5. ^ AllAboutJazz
  6. ^ Midnight Blue at AllMusic
  7. ^ Jazz Legends Kenny Burrell Jazz Improv Magazine website. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  8. ^ Horwitz, Murray. (April 1, 2005) Kenny Burrell 'Midnight Blue' NPR. Accessed November 6, 2007.