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This blues song is one of the coolest and most accessible ways to get into jazz. Released by Kenny Burrell on 1953’s Midnight Blue and covered by Stevie Ray Vaughn, this classic is a guitar player’s dream.

With jazz oriented chord extensions and bluesy licks, this tune makes a great practice piece for improvising and expanding your guitar vocabulary. By incorporating the dominant#9 chord you can use a whole variety of scales and leading tones to navigate your otherwise standard blues patterns.

Whether you’re looking for some smooth guitar soloing ideas, or you want to dive head first into learning jazz, this is a perfect track to get you accustomed to not only the harmonic possibilities, but also the melodic and rhythmic styles that are on display in this Burrell masterpiece!