It’s almost ridiculous how many great jazz guitar albums this label puts out. And here is more.
The Burrell CD features the legend in a live setting with the likes of Sir Roland Hanna on piano, Jerome Richardson on sax, and many others too numerous to mention. It’s a fine album from start to finish. It covers lots of ground with songs by composers from Scott Joplin to the Gershwins to Miles Davis to Chick Corea. Burrell shines, whether it’s imaginative single-line work as on “Tones for Joan’s Bones,” or a beautiful two-minute chord solo intro on a medley of “Embraceable You/Quasi Modo.” He even sings on one cut! It’s a tribute he wrote to Ella Fitzgerald. A real fine album from a group of masters.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Feb. ’97 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.