Burrell has inspired countless guitarists to make the switch from blues and rock to jazz with his own unique style of blues and bebop inspired playing. Kenny Burrell has been a high-in-demand guitarist during his entire career. By studying these licks and applying them to your own jazz guitar solos, you will be able to insert a bit of the blues and bebop vocabulary that has made Burrell a favorite among jazz guitarists. Lines like this, simple yet great sounding phrases, are what launched Kenny Burrell to worldwide success back at the start of his career. While they are easy to play, they are deceptively tricky to nail in a solo at the same level as Burrell. The difference between the minor pentatonic scale of lick 3 and the minor blues scale is the blue note a b5.

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Hailing from Detroit, Michigan, he grew up with a whole cadre of equally legendary figures who would define s jazz including the Jones brothers Thad, Hank, Elvin , Tommy Flanagan, Yusef Lateef, and Paul Chambers, among others. His style was hewn from electric blues, original proto bebop and classical guitar in almost equal measure. The result was a sound that was at once refined and raw, eloquent and boisterous.

He could play beautiful unaccompanied chordal passages, frenetic single note barrages, supple blues vamps and swinging bebop lines - all these ideas being superficially disparate, yet clearly coming from the mind of a player with a clear idea of what he wanted to sound like.

A much in demand studio musician, his recorded output is huge. He played on countless pop albums in a time when jazz musicians often worked in this milieu. The lines between pop and jazz were blurry and indistinct in the s and early 60s. This position evolved out of a course he has taught since called Ellingtonia. But the guitar he is most associated with is the Gibson Super He also has a signature model built by Heritage that is essentially a Super model.

Most of his s recordings were done with his Fender Deluxe amp. Also known as the Tweed Deluxe or 5E3. This amp has distinctly musical overdrive and compression characteristics and emphasizes mid range frequencies.

He would later favour the Fender Twin Reverb. Burrell was a central figure in this music and his playing reflects that.

Detroit spawned a whole generation of musicians who would define the genre s. Kenny Burrell concurrently absorbed and influenced this language as it was being created. He was there. Fiery pentatonic runs, subtle vibrato, block chord passages, lyrical glissando and pull-offs were all delivered in an assured and fertile rhythmic vocabulary with a gorgeously round tone. Perhaps this little top-5 list will help you get started!


Kenny Burrell

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Kenny Burrell transcriptions

Leave a reply You probable know Kenny Burrell from his most famous album Midnight Blue and his playing is almost always full of blues phrases. In many ways it is quite simple and easy to play but has a very sophisticated layer with how he uses the blues something that we can probably all learn from. Kenny Burrell and Blues Phrasing In this video I am going to show you how he uses blues on a standard and also how he does some really surprising things with the notes and really creates and emphasizes some great outside tensions with the blues phrases. Treating almost like an altereation that he can move to and also incorporating the melody to create both tension and release.


Solo Transcriptions (Guitar)

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