Midnight Blue (Kenny Burrell album)

Midnight Blue is a 1963[4][5][6] 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.[7] 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".[8] In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".[9] The album has been re-issued by Blue Note and the French label Classics.

Midnight Blue
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Studio album by
ReleasedEarly May 1963[1]
RecordedJanuary 8, 1963
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs
Length35:39 (original LP)
45:18 (CD reissue)
LabelBlue Note
BST 84123
ProducerMichael Cuscuna, Alfred Lion, Tom Vasatka
Kenny Burrell chronology
Bluesy Burrell
Midnight Blue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]

Track listingEdit

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

  1. "Chitlins con Carne" – 5:30
  2. "Mule" (Kenny 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" – 4:43 (Bonus track on CD reissue)
  9. "K Twist" – 3:36 (Bonus track on CD reissue)





  1. ^ Billboard May 11, 1963
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. ^ Blue Note discography
  5. ^ Allmusic.com
  6. ^ AllAboutJazz Archived 2008-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Midnight Blue at AllMusic
  8. ^ Jazz Legends Kenny Burrell Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Jazz Improv magazine website. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  9. ^ Horwitz, Murray. (April 1, 2005) Kenny Burrell 'Midnight Blue' NPR. Accessed November 6, 2007.