of Jazz - Post Be-Bop Guitarists
Burrell (b. 1931) grew up in a family full
of music. Both of his brothers were
guitarists, his mother a pianist, and his
father a banjoist. Starting at the age
of twelve, he honed his craft with fellow
student and friend Tommy Flanagan. Kenny
has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar
Peterson, Hampton Hawes, Frank Foster and Thad
Jones to name a few. He is a strong
advocate of jazz education and continues to
conduct workshops and clinics while
maintaining his busy touring schedule.
Today's example is a lick you can use the
next time you vamp over a minor chord.
The line is in the key of C minor and
uses a classic counter melody that might
remind you of some old spy movie themes.
Basically, in the first measure we have a
minor chord with the fifth in the bass.
In measure two, the fifth moves
up to the flatted six and then to the natural
sixth in the following measure.
It's a great idea for adding motion to an
otherwise static section of a tune.
Learn this lick and then practice to