Kenny Burrell was born on July 31, 1931 in Detroit. He began playing guitar at the age of twelve, influenced throughout his life by Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, and Wes Montgomery. He made is recording debut as a member of Dizzy Gillespie’s sextet in 1951 and later toured for a year with Oscar Peterson. He has recorded over 100 albums that have included a host of jazz luminaries.
He is a master player of bebop style guitar with flawless technique and was reputed to be Duke Ellington’s favorite guitarist. He is also an accomplished composer whose songs have been recorded by great artists such as Ray Brown, Jimmy Smith, Grover Washington Jr., John Coltrane, June Christy, Frank Wes and Stevie Ray Vaughn and include the 1998 Grammy Award winning song, “Dear Ella”, performed by Dee Dee Bridgewater. Listening to his music is a great way to ease through the week. Enjoy!
Summertime with Grover Washington: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jKP1zss3EE&feature=fvst
All Blues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1ipftv39YU
Midnight Blue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wAmxuHt5nw
Freight train with John Coltrane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1ghVUwj-pU&feature=related
Blue Bossa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftE9SMZVFjw
Moon and Sand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPp5iHukYKA
Listen to the Dawn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZhjqmQSuoc&feature=related
Autumn in New York: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vef9dp-Qc2o&feature=related
Spring can really hang you up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlcgvjppfSE&feature=related
I’m pairing Kenny Burrell with a 2008 Mollydooker Two Left Feet, a blend of 68% Shiraz, 17% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 11 months in 50% new French and American oak. It’s an opaque purple color that emits an enticing aromatic array of blueberries, blackberries, and spice. Two Left Feet is dense, sweet, and layered on the palate, with flavors of dark plums, blackberries, chocolate, and silky tannins. It has a dense texture characterized by a well-rounded mouth-feel and a silky finish. Simply put, it’s delicious. The combination of this wine with the music of Kenny Burrell is a sensory samba. Enjoy!