This is a domestic original Verve T Label pressing of a great album that features Kenny Burrell in collaboration with Gil Evans. I've always really enjoyed this music and also the way it was recorded, and this copy gave me just what I look for. Burrell does his thing in front of a good-sized orchestra here -- and it's a crazy lineup... Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Elvin Jones, Ron Carter, so many more. The recording puts Burrell front and center, and there are parts where the guitar sound is just HUGE. The intro to the album is a great example and also a great test for what's often referred to as presence or immediacy. Your stereo should throw that opening guitar deep into the room. If it stays stuck in the speakers, you may want to consider some changes! It's the kind of thing that makes all the difference in the world if you're trying to take your listening to new levels.
4 stars Allmusic: "Though the jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell is associated mostly with Blue Note-based hard bop and soul-jazz, he is also a musician of considerable artistry. Witness his landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms which rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis."
Vinyl: EX (beautiful)
Cover: VG+ (wear around edges)
Play notes: Wonderful sound, especially the guitar. Vinyl plays quietly, slight noise at the very start that quiets down quickly.
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