Hunting vintage jazz vinyl records in the Nutmeg State
Kenny Burrell, guitar
A little late, but here’s a holiday offering worth tracking down for the future. The music is what you would guess: Xmas tunes injected with a bit of soul. There are some subtle surprises to be found here though: first, that any hopes of a commercial angle to this LP are a bit blurred by a diverse offering of tunes as well as some clever arrangements (including a version of “The Twelve Days” that’s not entirely hate-worthy). Burrell’s playing is sharp and balanced, including some sensitive moments. This is the only time I’ve ever happened to hear him on an acoustic guitar though I haven’t heard a huge amount of his output. It’s a Christmas record with ideas but not a gimmick. That’s why I like it and that’s why I’m sticking with it.
Excited about the next few posts I’ll be bringing to NTU: I’m behind on a few records I found here in the Constitution State, plus I am going crate digging in New York tomorrow with my best bud from middle school and beyond. This will be my first time record hunting in the city since I began arming myself with knowledge this past summer, so I’m excited to see what I’ll find. Until then…