Taking a cue from ECM’s :rarum series, Blue Note has initiated their own The Artist Selects series, allowing living legends to hand-pick their own “best-of” compilations and even sequence them. The inaugural portion of the series, launched Oct. 4, features albums from guitarist Kenny Burrell (pictured), also saxophonist Lou Donaldson, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and composer/arranger Gerald Wilson. The musicians cull their Blue Note releases, while Wilson selects from his Pacific Jazz recordings.
Emphasizing the “artist selects” title, the liner notes contain first-person testimony from the artist of how the recordings came to be and how the process developed.
Kenny Burrell: The Artist Selects contains 14 tracks and features musicians including Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers, Art Blakely, Jimmy Smith and Herbie Hancock. The track listing is as follows:
- This Time the Dream’s on Me
- But Not For Me
- Love, Your Spell Es Everywhere
- Scotch Blues
- Weaver of Dreams
- Chitlins Con Carne
- Soul Lament
- Midnight Blue
- These Foolish Things
Lou Donaldson: The Artist Selects contains 13 tracks with musicians including Horace Silver, Art Blakely, George Benson and Clifford Brown. The track list is as follows: