On View at the Five Spot Cafe

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On View at the Five Spot Cafe
On View at the Five Spot Cafe.jpg
Live album by Kenny Burrell with Art Blakey
Released 1959
Recorded August 25, 1959
Genre Jazz
Length 50:38
Label Blue Note
Producer Alfred Lion
Kenny Burrell chronology
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On View at the Five Spot Cafe is a live album by American jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell with drummer Art Blakey. It was recorded live at the Five Spot Cafe in New York City on August 25, 1959, and released on the Blue Note label.[1]

English jazz guitarist Andy Summers referred to Burrell's solo on "Lover Man" as "one of the best jazz guitar solos ever recorded."[2]


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 3½ stars stating "As the dawn of the 1960s saw new-breed jazz being fomented, Burrell, Blakey, and company proved you could still swing and remain melodic while creating new sonic vistas. This recording is easily recommended to all".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Birks' Works" (Dizzy Gillespie) - 9:15
  2. "Lady Be Good" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 8:15
  3. "Lover Man" (Jimmy Davis, Ram Ramirez, James Sherman) - 9:48
  4. "Swingin'" (Clifford Brown) - 9:48 Bonus track on CD reissue
  5. "Hallelujah" (Clifford Grey, Leo Robin, Vincent Youmans) - 11:43
  6. "Beef Stew Blues" (Randy Weston) - 4:32 Bonus track on CD reissue
  7. "If You Could See Me Now" (Tadd Dameron, Carl Sigman) - 5:25 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "36-23-36" (Kenny Burrell) - 3:35



  1. ^ Blue Note Records discography accessed January 20, 2011
  2. ^ Summers, Andy (2006). One Train Later. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-35914-0. Page 32.
  3. ^ a b Mastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed January 20, 2011