Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith – Blue Bash! {Verve}


Kenny Burrell & Jimmy Smith – Blue Bash! {Verve}

Hard Bop, Soul, Guitar, Hammond B3

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Another side of the multi-faceted Mr. Burrell is fully revealed on Verve’s Blue Bash! by Kenny Burrell and Jimmy Smith, a 1963 set which finds the storied twosome focused strictly on blues-related material. Burrell’s flowing guitar lines are the perfect complement to the soulful sound of Smith, the man who almost single-handedly pioneered the use of the Hammond B3 organ in jazz.

Backed at times by bassists George Duvivier and Milt Hinton as well as powerful big-band drummer Mel Lewis, Burrell and Smith dig into the gospel-ish “Travelin'” with as much fervor as they lavish on the Little Willie John/Peggy Lee chart item “Fever.” But it’s the azure side of such standards as “Easy Living” and “Soft Winds” that rules the roost on this superb collaboration.

01. Blue Bash (5:07)
02. Travelin’ (5:30)
03. Fever (5:37)
04. Blues for Del (6:17)
05. Easy Living (2:57)
06. Soft Winds (5:45)
07. Kenny’s Sound (4:21)
08. Travelin’ (alternative take) (3:48)
09. Fever (alternative take) (3:08)
10. Soft Winds (alternative take) (5:12)
11. Kenny’s Sound (alternative take) (4:04)
12. Easy Living (alternative version) (5:28)
13. Travelin’ (breakdown take) (1:46)
14. Kenny’s Sound (alternative take) (4:29)

Kenny Burrell – guitar
Jimmy Smith – organ
George Duvivier, Milt Hinton – bass
Mel Lewis, Bill English – drums

Tracks 1, 7, 11, 12 and 14 recorded on July 16, 1963 at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Tracks 2-4, 6, 8-10 and 13 recorded on July 25, 1963 at Bell Sound Studios, New York City

Track 5 recorded on July 29, 1963 at A & R Recording, New York City

Recording Engineers: Phil Ramone, Rudy Van Gelder and Phil Macy
Director of Engineering: Val Valentin

Tracks 1-7 original-LP issue: Blue Bash! Verve V6-8553
Tracks 8-14 are previously unissued
Original recordings produced by Creed Taylor
Cover photograph by Lee Friedlander


Supervised by Ben Young
Researched and restored by Carlos Kase and Ben Young
Mastered by feverish Kevin Reeves at PolyGram Studios
Notes edited by Peter Keepnews
Production coordinated by Bryan Koniarz
Production assistance by Tom Greenwood
Series art directed by Patricia Lie and Hat Nguyen
Designed by Valerie Wagner
Production managed by Suzanne White
Photograph research by Cynthia Sesso
Executive Producer: Richard Seidel

1999, PolyGram Records, Inc.

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