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Blue Lights 1 & 2
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Kenny Burrell's classic Blue Note jam session with the tenors of Tina Brooks and Junior Cook, trumpeter Louis Smith and Art Blakey, complete in stereo on CD for the first time. Added to the two original LPs is the bonus tr... more »
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Kenny Burrell's classic Blue Note jam session with the tenors of Tina Brooks and Junior Cook, trumpeter Louis Smith and Art Blakey, complete in stereo on CD for the first time. Added to the two original LPs is the bonus track "I Never Knew." BLUE LIGHTS was originally released as two seperate LPs. All tracks on this reissue are mastered in stereo.
Great Live Blue Note
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 07/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Blue Lights Volume 1 & 2" is one of Burrell's two great live Blue Note recordings from the late 50s, the other being "At The Five Spot Cafe." I particularly enjoy this double CD for two reasons -- Louis Smith and Tina Brooks. Both of these gentlemen were under-recorded Blue Note players, and anything featuring them is a treat. (Most of Smith's and Brooks' solo BN recordings have been made available for limited times recently, and any fan of this album should try to find them.) Junior Cook subs in for Tina on some tracks, while Duke Jordan and Bobby Timmons split piano duties. Sam Jones and Art Blakey complete the personnel. The songs (4 of 9 are Burrell originals) are all nice, long, drawn out jams in which all players get a chance to state their business. An excellent album!"
Above Average Blue Note Jam Session - Not Live Recording
A. Douglas Robinson Jr. | Gastonia, North Carolina United States | 08/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first review on this album indicated that this was a live recording - while the second review (with tongue, I suspect, planted firmly in cheek) remarked on how quiet the audience must have been for this recording.
In fact, the "Blue Lights" session was recorded in the Manhattan Towers recording studio on May 14, 1958 - not in front of a live audience. The Manhattan Towers hotel had a ballroom which Rudy Van Gelder used as a recording studio for sessions in 1957-1958 (when he was still using his parents' Hackensack, N.J. home to record for Blue note). Van Gelder used the Manahattan Towers ballroom for larger ensembles that would not fit in his parent's living room or when it was simply more convenient to record the artists involved in NYC rather than Hackensack.
Many other Blue Note recording sessions from 1957-58 were recorded by Van Gelder in the Manhattan Towers "studio" - including the Jimmy Smith material which ended up in the albums "The Sermon" and "House Party", and the Art Blakey album "Drums Around the Corner". None of these were live dates.
However, live or not, the "Blue Lights" material is an excellent recording and the initial reviewer was absolutely correct in highlighting the presence on the album of two under-recorded greats: Louis Smith and Tina Brooks.
The air is relaxed and the solos are all very, very good. While "Blue Lights" is not one of the pre-imminent Blue Note recordings of the era, it is addictively listenable nonetheless...."