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Detroit Doubletime - Lick 33 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from 50 Jazz-Blues Licks You MUST Know.


Kenny Burrell has recorded dozens and dozens of blues, and often makes for one of the most accessible jazz guitarists, with a penchant for laying it down like Captain Pentatonic. And yet at other times, often within the same session, you'll find him just burning up the bop lines, spinning out alterations and double time licks with the best of them. It's a little disconcerting and mind-blowing all at the same time - check out "Suzy," which is mostly just blues, with a few warp-speed lines tossed in as if to say, "oh yeah - and then there's this."

But for my money, the real revelation is hearing Burrell on a mid-tempo blues like "Now I See How You Are" or "Blues For Skeeter." When he really gets cooking, it can almost be too much to take in, but on moderate-tempo groovers like these two tracks, you almost feel like you're hearing the guitarist think out loud. Same great tone (one early music critic aptly described it as "bracing") and funky feel, but every change is unhurriedly spelled out. It's witty, articulate and soulful - what more could you ask for? While you're at it, do youself a favor and check out "K Twist" to hear how a true badass accompanies himself soloing over just bass and drums. It is "so" groovy.