Saturday, September 24, 2016

Herb Ellis - Thank You, Charlie Christian

Thank You Charlie Christian pays homage to the legendary jazz guitarist in a manner most appropriate to an innovator of his stature — rather than merely imitate that which is inimitable, Herb Ellis channels the imagination and expressiveness of his hero to create a lean, mean sound far more forward-thinking than nostalgic. Like Christian, Ellis favors feeling over flash and economy over excess — paired here with pianist Frank Strazzari, bassist Chuck Berghofer, cellist Harry Babasin and drummer Kenny Hume, he creates a series of compact and determinedly contemporary bop snapshots in vivid Technicolor, not the black-and-white of a bygone era. A beautiful and heartfelt record that draws from the past but refuses to live in it.
Jason Ankeny

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 Herb Ellis
Thank You, Charlie Christian


1 Pickly Wickley (Ellis)  3:17
2 I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get Out (Carter, Ellis, Frigo)  2:52
3 Cook One (Ellis)  2:54
4 Karin (Ellis)  4:41
5 Cherry Kijafa (Ellis, Thomas)  4:17
6 Thank You Charlie Christian (Ellis)  7:38
7 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Berlin)  2:52
8 Lemon Twist (Troup)  2:48
9 Everything's Pat (Ellis)  3:35
10 Workin' with the Truth (Ellis)  1:58


Herb Ellis - g
Harry Babasin - cel
Frank Strazzari - p
Chuck Berghofer - b
Kenny Hume - dr

Recorded on July 1 & 2, 1960


Thinktoomuch said...

Hi, what would be the password for this one?

Amazing blog! And very well maintained.


Melanchthon said...

always "melanchthon"

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Charlie Christian, and thank you Melanchthon for this awesome post! This is just about as good as it gets and is an album that I've hoped to find. Your blog is absolutely fantastic!

Kneigh said...

A true classic, Melanchthon!!! So many thanks!!! So good to have you back, sir!!!

d3lta said...

thank you Herb Ellis, thank you Mel!

Blue Eyes said...

Very cool album, merci Melanchthon !

Orbyt said...

Thank you Mel.

woolfnotes said...

Hate to moan, you do such a fantastic job, but the link on the text file didn't work for me.

L.O.L. said...

Thanks for 4-8-2010 links;)

P.J said...

Thank' thank' thanks !

Fernando said...

Obrigado from Brasil!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

deGallo said...

One of my favorites! Thank you.

francisco santos said...

BIG THX !....

Ed Bettega said...

Having problems unzipping this. The unzipping window opens but all I get is an empty folder. I'm not getting asked for the password either.

Fred Archtop said...

Mel, Thanks for this piece of jazz guitar history.

Best to you.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel, Herb is a great player/composer

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Melanchthon said...

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!