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Kenny Burrell: 75th Birthday Bash Live!

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A memorable night at a concert doesn’t always translate into a recording that holds up over the long haul. But it’s a safe bet this 12-track CD, which captures guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 75th birthday celebration at Yoshi’s in Oakland last summer, will endure. Of course, it helps that there is something inherently timeless about Burrell’s sound, as his early small-combo sessions and memorable Ellington-Strayhorn forays attest. Burrell’s plump tone and blues-tinted lyricism have always transcended passing fashions, and those traits certainly enhance this club date, which features Burrell playing in both intimate and expansive settings.

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