Saturday, August 27, 2016

Howard Roberts - Good Pickin's

Issued in 1959, Howard Roberts' Good Pickin's was his second album for Verve as a leader. It is as straight-up a blowing date as you're likely to find, though it has wonderful harmonic invention thanks to the two arrangers on the date — Bill Holman, who also plays tenor, and Marty Paich. The rest of the date is rounded out by pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Stan Levey. The tunes range from standards like "All the Things You Are" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" to straight-up bebop in Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo" and George Wallington's "Godchild." The lone original on the set, which closes the album, is Roberts' "Terpsichore." It is also the longest on the platter. It's a slow blues that's unimaginative but allows everyone in the band to blow. The tenor/guitar heads on these tunes work well thanks to tight, colorful arrangements that accent the sharpness in the chosen songs. The straight-up soloing works because it is reined in tightly, keeping the melodic invention at the forefront. This is a solid date and should be checked out by anyone interested in jazz guitar.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:hxfwxqtgld0e

Howard Roberts
Good Pickin's

Tracks

1 Will You Still Be Mine ? (Adair, Dennis, Wilson)  4:24
2 When the Sun Comes Out (Arlen, Koehler)  4:17
3 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  2:44
4 Lover Man (Davis, Ramirez, Sherman)  4:30
5 Relaxin' at Camarillo (Parker)  5:50
6 Godchild (Wallington)  4:49
7 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin)  4:09
8 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Arlen, Koehler)  2:44
9 The More I See You (Gordon, Warren)  4:16
10 Terpsichore (Roberts)  5:50


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Personnel
Howard Roberts - g
Bill Holman - ts & arr
Pete Jolly - p
Red Mitchell - b
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded in Los Angeles; probably March 1959

21 comments:

Ioula said...

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getzoot said...

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Obelix said...

Another a "must have". Thank you.

eu said...

Great Roberts album! Thank you for share it.

lcbriza said...

Thank you very much for all Howard Roberts's posts.

cvllos said...

Thank you once more, Mel!
Lins still goin' strong.

CrunchyFrog said...

thanks for the opportunity to hear this - very much appreciated!

deGallo said...

Thank you for this upgrade. In my top 5 jazz guitarists.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

Toad said...

Great guitarist thanks!

Prof. Yaffle said...

Many thanks

Heervee said...

Thanks

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

tolis said...

New to me, thanks!

PlantDoctor53 said...

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kristophermc28 said...

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Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for your continuing exploration of the byways of jazz guitar.
Scrolling through the blog I realize how sleazy in a sexist sort of way (or rather sexist in a sleazy sort of way) many of these covers are.
I mean, here we are in ultra-puritan 50's and 60's America and pow! - a smiling undressed blonde sitting on a bunch of pillows, dressed in nothing but a steel-string acoustic, with the oh-so enticing "Good Pickin's" :-)))