Sooner or later, every jazz musician arrives at a moment of reckoning with the blues. It’s a foundational language of improvisation, and a starting point; if you live on jazz time, it’s almost impossible to escape. For decades, musicians seeking to develop a personal approach to the blues have turned to, and devoured, Kenny Burrell’s understated Midnight Blue. It’s a potent dose of blues feeling served neat. It’s a core text of blues-based improvisation that offers parallel wisdom about life. Stream the album or find it on vinyl or digital download.