Sunday, July 12, 2015

Howard Roberts - Whatever's Fair ! + All-Time Great Instrumental Hits

Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and began playing guitar at age 8. By the time he was 15 he was playing professionally locally. In 1950 he moved to Los Angeles. There, with the assistance of Jack Marshall, he began playing with musicians including Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton and Barney Kessel. In about 1956, Bobby Troup signed him to Verve Records as a solo artist. Around that time he decided to concentrate on recording, both as a solo artist and session musician, a direction he would continue until the early 1970s. Roberts played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass and mandolin, both in the studio and for television and movie projects, including lead guitar in the theme from The Twilight Zone, guitar on the theme from The Munsters and rhythm guitar on the theme from I Dream of Jeannie. Artists Roberts backed included Georgie Auld, Peggy Lee (Fever), Eddie Cochran (Sittin In The Balcony), Bobby Day (Rockin Robin), Jody Reynolds (Endless Sleep), Shelley Fabares (Johnny Angel), Dean Martin (Houston), The Monkees, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, and The Electric Prunes.In 1963, Roberts recorded Color Him Funky and H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player, his first two albums after signing with Capitol. Produced by Jack Marshall, they both feature the same quartet of with Roberts (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Earl Palmer (drums) and Paul Bryant alternating with Burkley Kendrix on organ. In all he recorded nine albums with Capitol before signing with ABC Records/Impulse ! From the late 1960s, Roberts began to focus on teaching rather than recording. He traveled around the country giving guitar seminars, and wrote several instructional books. For some years he also wrote an acclaimed column Jazz Improvisation for Guitar Player magazine. To support his teaching activities, he founded the Guitar Institute of Technology, and Playback Publishing. Roberts died in 1992. His wife Patty, also active in musical education and curriculum development, continued in this field after his death.

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Howard Roberts
Whatever's Fair !
All-Time Great Instrumental Hits


1 The Shadow Of Your Smile (Weber, Mandel)  2:36
2 Sweet September (McGuffie, Philips)  2:37
3 Pussy Cat (Coleman, Schluger)  2:32
4 Whatever's Fair (Lentz, Roberts)  2:24
5 This Is The Life (Strause, Adanis)  2:06
6 On A Clear Day (Lane, Lerner)  2:40
7 I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her (Cahn, Van Heusen)  2:31
8 Manha De Carnaval (Bonfa)  2:44
9 Michelle (Lennon, McCartney)  3:01
10 A Taste Of Honey (Marlow, Scott)  2:42
11 Bye Bye Blues (Hamm, Bennett, Lown, Gray)  2:31
12 It Was A Very Good Year (Drake)  2:38
13 Soft Winds (Goodman)  2:46
14 Autumn Leaves (Kosma-Prevert-Mercer)  2:36
15 Theme From "A Summer Place" (Steiner)  2:20
16 Mr. Lucky (Mancini)  2:26
17 Comin' Home (Tucker-Dorough)  2:34
18 Danke Schoen (Kaempfert-Scwabach)  1:57
19 Work Song (Adderly-Brown)  2:30
20 Desafinado (Jobim-Mendonca)  2:49
21 The "In" Crowd (Page)  2:58
22 Misty (Garner)  2:32

[# 1-11] Whatever's Fair !
Howard Roberts - g
Henry Cain - org
Chuck Berghofer - b
Bill Pitman - g
Earl Palmer - dr
Jill Roberts - perc
Recorded in Hollywood, California, February 24 & 25, 1966
[# 12-22] All-Time Great Instrumental Hits
Howard Roberts - g
Henry Cain - org
Chuck Berghofer - b
Larry Bunker - dr
Recorded in Hollywood, California, August 26, 29 & 30, 1966


justjack said...

Sweet album covers! Thanks for more Howard Roberts, too.

lcbriza said...

Thanks, Mel, for this album.

rowgatien said...

Salut Melanchton. Bien content de pouvoir decouvrir Howard Roberts. Je me souviens vaguement de ses chroniques.

Melanchthon said...

Bonsoir, Rowgatien, c'est quoi, exactement, les chroniques d'Howard Roberts ?

Bill said...

Great! Henry Cain too! THANKS!

El Tortuga said...

thank you for the marty paich as well.

Pernath said...

A brilliant and underrated player. Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you. Big HR fan here.

duck said...

Hi Mel,
You have no idea how happy I am to see you here, it has absolutely made my day. added to this is the great Howard Roberts album.
As always kind regards from Sydney

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Melanchthon said...

John Pickworth said...

Many Thanks N=Mel !

migue said...

Thank you!!ª!!!!!

lowgroove said...

Thank you! Terrific albums.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Fantastico... Many Thanks

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

hello_officer said...

The password to this zip file please

Alberto Cos said...

Je vous remercie infinitement!!!