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Kenny Burrell Licks

Kenny Burrell has been a high in demand guitarist during all his career (he was Duke Ellington's favorite guitar player). Some of the jazz giants he played with : Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, ...





His most famous record is Midnight Blue with the Latin flavored hit 'Chitlins Con Carne', later covered by blues giant Stevie Ray Vaughan.

He has a cool guitar tone and is able to perform some very smooth jazz guitar.  His main influences are bop, blues and latin and you can hear a lot of pentatonics and blues scales in his improvisations.

Recommended listening: Midnight Blue

Kenny Burrell Licks 1

This first lick in the style of Kenny Burrell is a nice way to change position on the fret board.


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Kenny Burrell Lick 1

Kenny Burrell Licks 2

This second lick starts with a G pentatonic scale, advances to a Dm9 arpeggio and resolves in the 3 of Cmaj7.


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Kenny Burrell Lick 2

Kenny Burrell Licks 3

This is a bluesy lick in the Eb blues pentatonic scale.


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Kenny Burrell Lick 3

Kenny Burrell Licks 4

A fun and classic sounding Kenny Burrell lick that is based on the Eb Major Pentatonic Scale, used over an Eb7 chord.


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Kenny Burrell Lick 4

Kenny Burrell Licks 5

Here you are using the Eb Minor Blues scale to solo over an Eb7 chord in a style very reminiscent of Kenny’s ‘60s recordings.


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Kenny Burrell Lick 5


If you are a fan of jazz blues, Bebop lines and solid groove, then Kenny Burrell is the right player for you.


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