Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lloyd Ellis - The Fastest Guitar in the World

Lloyd Hastings Ellis was a native of Pensacola, Florida. He started his musical career in the 1930s, continued even during his service in the U.S. Navy. His guitar playing style was admired by fans and musicians alike. As a youngster, he was fascinated by the music by Django Reinhardt that he discovered on the 78rpm records. He started off on the acoustic guitar and took up the electric guitar in 1940 or so. In the late 1930s, Lloyd had a trio that was entertaining audiences in Mobile, Alabama. Another musician in that trio went on to some acclaim later in his career also - Tiny Moore. He also went on to play for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. During World War II, he played with George Liberace's band, "Music Under The Stars". That band entertained over 500,000 troops in the Pacific. After the war was over, he settled down in Los Angeles for a while and became active in studio and club work. In 1947, he appears in Jimmie Davis' movie, "Louisiana" as part of the Sunshine Serenaders. One can see him playing his distinctive jazz guitar in a country music setting in the movie, complete with a cigarette dangling from his lips as his fingers did their magic on the guitar. He also apparently did some songwriting while he was with Jimmie Davis. He is listed as co-writer on the tune, "You Won't Be Satisfied This Way." Jimmie recorded the tune on Decca 46066. The song was also recorded by legendary Bluegrass singer, Bill Monroe.
Deciding it was time to try a different scene, Lloyd moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and hooked up with the Red Norvo Trio that also included Monk Montgomery at the Tropican Hotel on the famed Strip for about three years. After leaving the trio, he found work as a member of various hotel house bands and backed such artists as Liza Minnelli, Ann-Margaret, Barbara McNair, Eydie Gorme, Mitzi Gaynor, Vic Damone, Steve Lawrence, Robert Goulet, Page Cavanaugh, Roger Williams, PHil Harris,Don Rickles and Shecky Green. Lloyd Ellis — Four Deals He found time to record for the Capitol, Decca, Mercury, RCA, Carlton and Trey record labels.
In 1960, he recorded the album So Tall, So Cool, So There for the Trey record label (TLP 902). In 1963, he recorded with Bill Cyrils as part of his quartet that did an album for a private label, Fairmont (LP 3830) called Anytime.. Anyplace and included a line at the bottom, "Insured by Lloyds of Ellis". That group included Bill Cyrils on vibes, Lloyd Ellis on guitar and arrangements, Dan Shannon on the bass and Jimmy Kaye playing drums.
Lloyd Ellis — Bill Cyrils Around 1974, he was a member of Pete Fountain's Jazz Group where they played at the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans. During the fourteen years with Pete's group, they played at such venues as the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan; Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ; Chautaugua Institute in Chautagua, New York ; Saratoga, New York and the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, Ohio...

Source : http://www.hillbilly-music.com/artists/story/index.php?id=14216

Lloyd Ellis
The Fastest Guitar in the World

Tracks

1 Crazy Rhythm (Caesar, Kahn, Meyer)  2:06
2 Patsy (Ellis)  2:49
3 Stuffy (Hawkins)  4:06
4 Stompin' a t the Savoy (Goodman, Sampson, Webb, Razaf)  2:08
5 The Man I Love (Gershwin, Gershwin)  7:02
6 Hot Rod (Jacquet)  2:55
7 Gully Jumper (Ellis)  2:44
8 Nite Cap (Ellis)  2:55
9 Topsy (Battle, Durham)  2:56
10 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (Musi, Rene)  6:43

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Personnel
Lloyd Ellis - g
Tony Morell - as & fl
Jerry Christy - b
Bennie Steele - dr

Recorded early 50's

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”Lloyd Ellis is something else, man. The things he does are unbelievable. Lloyd, Red Norvo, and Monk Montgomery had a drumless trio, but Lloyd's rhythum playing was so full that you'd swear you heard a drummer in there, too.” B.B. King 1975 Guitar Player Magazine Cover Story. ”Lloyd Ellis's lifelong attachment to the guitar is best put into perspective when one realizes that not only has the instrument been his sole occupation since adolescence, but that precious few guitarists alive today have been playing as long. Moreover, Ellis's playing is as vibrant today as ever.” Dan Forte - Assistant Editor Guitar Player Magazine 1986. ”Norvo is perfectly complimented by Lloyd Ellis, a fluently swinging guitarist.” Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times. ”Lloyd Ellis is one of the tastiest soloists around, very much in the George Barnes tradition, very fleet of finger with big fat round tones and chords popping in unexpectedly but most appropriately in the course of a solo. Rhodes Spedal, Jr. “A Guide To Jazz in New Orleans

Source : http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/musician.php?id=13519

35 comments:

Le Porc Rouge said...

What an awesome cover! Never heard of that guy. Many thanks Mel!

Kndnsk said...

Nice! Thank you.

L.O.L. said...

thx

Bhowani said...

thank you, Melanchthon. Absolute new musician for me. And bonne année !

Jaffa said...

Thank you very much ! Never even heard his name before - I am really curious to hear him !

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel. Got a few of his albums on my hard drive but didn't know this one.

ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

Danneau said...

Many thanks. Another new one...

Collectionist said...

thanks Mel - this looks awesome - I have never seen this - I have a Mundell Lowe-Lloyd Ellis album but never one by Ellis alone!

Blue Eyes said...

Great post! thanks Mel for this Lloyd Ellis album!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Sounds great (based on the review)! Thank you and looking forward to it,

Andrew said...

Mel,

Stopped by your blog for the first time. Thanks for posting so much great music. Unfortunately when I tried to unzip this file it asked for a password and I couldn't find one anywhere?

Andrew

es125 said...

Thanks Mel for the far out Lloyd Ellis, really swinging stuff, great tunes.

Lenny said...

Thanks,

It has been recorded in 1958.

jbea said...

Wow!
Thanx Mel.

Philo said...

A lot of fun! I am really enjoying the music.

Thanks.

flyingfinger said...

I've heard some pretty fast guitar slingers in my day; and this does arouse my curiousity - Thanks Mel.

Kovina Kris said...

I've only ever seen one album by this guy "Las Vegas 3AM" so I'm looking forward to hearing it. Thank you!

luthier said...

Thanks, Mel. Very good album. :)

jazzy62 said...

Lloyd Ellis

Thank you very much Mel for this beauty!

Zape said...

Thanks Mel! Probably as least as good as the album title. :-)

FrankDell said...

Another new one to me. Much appreciated.

Señor Seltz said...

Melanchthon: Thanks for this delightful jazz.

sakilov said...

Thank you!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you!

steve said...

Thanks Mel . . . never heard of him . . . THAT's what I love about jazz. There is always someone new to listen to.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. I missed this the first time through.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel (for Blue Mitchell too)

Roberto Ferrari said...

Thanks a lot .... Roberto

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Nice! Thanks Mel. If B.B. says he OK, that's enough for me.

Melanchthon said...

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Fernando said...

Never heard of Lloyd Ellis and already in love with his Tone. Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

what else to say but: thank you!