After 40 years as a jazz professional, appearing on several
hundred albums as leader and sideman, Kenny Burrell is
among the handful of guitar greats who have forever
changed the role of their instrument.
Staunch musical integrity and discriminate taste coupled
with matchless technique have made the guitarist nonpareil
among his peers. "My goal is to play with good tone, good
phrasing and to swing," says Burrell, "I strive for honesty in
playing what I feel."
"Master instrumentalist and composer," "virtuoso," "historic
figure of American guitar." "Ellington's favorite guitar
player"—this is a typical sampling of the critical praise
routinely bestowed on Burrell, who pioneered the guitar-led
trio with bass and drums in the late Fifties