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TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2009 Issue of Stereophile!
Incredible Jazz Records + the original analog master tapes + cut at 45 RPM + mastered by Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman at AcousTech + pressed on two 180-gram virgin vinyl LPs by RTI = THE ULTIMATE LP REISSUE!
The same formula that made the Fantasy 45 Series perhaps the most successful
audiophile reissue collection ever is now being reapplied to Blue Note reissues!
Midnight Blue is one of those records that you just put on, sit back and relax.
Burrell and a great band including Stanley Turrentine on tenor sax, Bill English
on drums, Ray Barretto on conga and Major Holley Jr. on bass lay down tunes
including "Mule", "Soul Lament", "Wavy Gravy", "Gee Baby Ain't I good for You"
and "Midnight Blue" among others. Burrell is quoted as saying to Alfred Lion "I
have always had a Love for the blues. In my earliest days in Detroit, I worked
with groups that concentrated a great deal on the blues. And I wanted to get a
group together for this session that can feel the blues the way I do."
"The sound is famously great: wide open, natural, warm, and simply
'there'. Burrell's electric guitar has superb tone and articulation, Stanley
Turrentine's tenor sax a creamy, brassy bite, Major Holley Jr.'s bass a fat
sense of weight, and the drums and conga realistic snap and texture." -
Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, June/July 2009, Issue 193, page 125
• Original analog master tapes
• 45 RPM
• Two 180g Virgin Vinyl LPs
• Mastered by Kevin Gray & Steve Hoffman at AcousTech
• Pressed by RTI
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Major Holley, Jr., bass
Bill English, drums
Ray Barretto, conga
1. Chittlins Con Carne
3. Soul Lament
4. Midnight Blue
5. Wavy Gravy
6. Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You
7. Saturday Night Blues