Saturday, June 20, 2015

Howard Roberts - The Magic Band, vol. 2

Because he chose to spend nearly his entire career as a studio guitarist, there are relatively few recorded examples of Howard Roberts as a bop-oriented jazz player. This 1998 CD has seven privately recorded performances of Roberts at the legendary Donte's club in Los Angeles during May 1968. He stretches out on seven jazz standards with the assistance of pianist Dave Grusin (a few years before he started becoming well-known), bassist Chuck Berghofer, and drummer John Guerin. In addition to four quartet numbers (including "On a Clear Day" and "Alone Together"), Roberts is joined on "Milestones" by tenor saxophonist John Gross, on a burning "Giant Steps" by the young Tom Scott on tenor, and on "Dolphin Dance" by both Scott and fellow tenor Pete Christlieb, who at one point get involved in a saxophone battle. The recording quality is listenable, if not flawless, but the music (which shows that Roberts could jam with the best of them) is somewhat valuable.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Howard Roberts
The Magic Band, vol. 2
(Live at Donte's - 1968)


1 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Lane, Lerner)  9:31
2 One Note Samba (Hendricks, Jobim, Mendonca)  8:03
3 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  10:25
4 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  5:54
5 Milestones (Davis)  8:59

6 Giant Steps (Coltrane)  11:25
7 Dolphin Dance (Hancock)  13:17


Howard Roberts - g
Dave Grusin - p
Chuck Berghofer - b
Tom Scott - ts [# 5 & 7]
John Gross - ts [# 6]
Pete Christlieb - ts [# 7]
John Guerin - dr

Recorded at Donte's in Los Angeles, California ; May, 1968,


lcbriza said...

Thanks, Mel, for more Howard Roberts.

Kneigh said...

Thanks for this Howard Roberts, sir!! It's gotta be great if Pete Christlieb is present. Talk about unsung tenors!!! He's awesome!!

Anonymous said...

Links offline. Appreciated if re-up.

Kneigh said...

With Melanchthons permission, I'm posting new links for this very fine album:

Enjoy!! Kneigh

blbs said...

I've been waiting so long for this.
Thanks Mel ans Kneigh!

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

James Flagg said...

Many thanks for this fine Howard Roberts! By any chance would
you have a copy of Howard Roberts 'Sounds' and be willing to
post it?

At any rate, thanks for this wonderful album and all of the others
as well.


anon'n'on said...

got it this time thanks

nlrp said...


deGallo said...

Thank you

ProfessorCalculus said...

I too say...." many thanks"

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!