Sunday, January 10, 2016

Howard Roberts - Something's Cookin'/Goodies

After serving his apprenticeship under the likes of Art Farmer and Bobby Troup and establishing a solid reputation in straight jazz circles, guitarist Howard Roberts made his way to the LA session scene, where he quickly established himself among the A-list players of the day. At his peak, Roberts was cutting over 3000 sides a year playing rock, jazz, commercials, film and TV soundtracks - any job in any genre. If he wasn't one of the best known guitarists by the general public, he was one of the most frequently heard, and undoubtedly one of the most capable.
At the same time that his usually uncredited guitar was gracing the recordings of so many others, Roberts was cutting a series of LPs on Capitol as a leader in his own right. These mainly mid-tempo collections of pop hits and jazz standards are easily lumped under the heading "cocktail jazz," the smooth jazz of the day. Although it can be used as sonic wallpaper, the music on these discs provides ample reward to the attentive listener as well. Roberts had a strong grounding in the blues, and no matter how mellow the mood, he know exactly how, where and when to hit the blues note that would provide just the right edge of tension in an arrangement. On top of that, the man simply couldn't avoid making everything he played swing.
Each of these Euphoria CDs contains two full LPs from Roberts' Capitol catalog, and each has its own charm. If I were to suggest one to start with, it would probably be Something's Cookin'/Goodies, for the top notch brass section that punctuates the Something's Cookin' tracks and the roster of sidemen on Goodies, including Carol Kaye, Hal Blaine, Shelly Manne, Pete Jolly, Tommy Tedesco and others. You really can't go wrong no matter where you start though, or by snatching up each and every one.
© 2001 - Shaun Dale

Source :

Howard Roberts
Something's Cookin'


1 Bluesette* (Gimbel, Thielemans)  2:15
2 A Hard Day's Night (Lennon, McCartney)  2:13
3 The Lonesome Cowboy** (Marshall, Sheldon)  2:40
4 Frankie and What's His Name (Marshall, Roberts)  2:08
5 Blues in the Night* (Arlen, Mercer)  2:16
6 Cute** (Hefti)  2:46
7 In a Mellow Tone (Ellington, Gabler) 2:30
8 Charade* (Mancini, Mercer)  2:29
9 Maniac* (Rogers)  2:48
10 Recado Bossa Nova** (Antonio, Ferreira)  1:49
11 Something's Cookin'** (Murray, Roberts)  2:26
12 People (Merrill, Styne)  2:39
13 Love (Glover, Gobler, Kaemfert)  2:26
14 Who Can I Turn to (When Nobody Needs Me) (Bricusse, Newley)  2:28
15 Three O'Clock in the Morning (Robledo, Teriss)  2:31
16 Marie (Berlin)  2:31
17 Girl Talk (Hefiti, Hefti, Troup)  2:54
18 Fly Me to the Moon (Howard)  2:40
19 Goodies (Roberts)  2:59
20 More (Newell, Oliviero, Ortolani)  2:36
21 I Know a Place (Aber, Hatch, Hatch)  2:25
22 Summer Wind (Bradtke, Mayer, Meir, Mercer)  1:51
23 Chim Chim Cheree (Sherman, Sherman)  2:02


[# 1-12] Something's Cookin'
Howard Roberts - g
John Audino, Al Porcino, Jack Sheldon & Ray Triscari - tp
Bob Bryant & Shorty Rogers replace Audino & Sheldon [# 1, 5, 8 & 9] 
Bob Enevoldsen & Frank Rosolino - tb
Gilbert Falco - tb replaces Rosolino [# 3, 6 & 10]
 Ken Shroyer - b tb
Victor Feldman - add perc
Charles Kynard - org

Chuck Berghofer - b
Earl Palmer - dr
Recorded at Capitol's Hollywood Studios ; July 9*, August 3** & 19, 1964
[# 13-23] Goodies
[# 21]
Howard Roberts - g
Larry Bunker - perc
Charles Berghofer - b
Charles Kynard - org
Donald Peake & Thomas Tedesco - g
Carol Kaye - b g
Hal Blaine - dr
Recorded at Studio A, Hollywood ; July 1, 1965 [9 AM to 12 PM]
[# 23]
Recorded same date.
Blaine, Tedesco & Kaye out.
Larry Bunker - dr
[# 16 & 22]
Howard Roberts - g
John Pisano - rht g
Max Bennett - b
Pete Jolly - org
John Gray - b g
Frank Capp - dr
Recorded at Studio B, Hollywood ; August 12, 1965 [9 AM to 12 Noon]
[# 13-15, 18]
Howard Roberts - g
Henry Cain - org
Charles Berghofer - b
Shelly Manne - dr
Recorded at Studio B, Hollywood ; August 12, 1965 [1:30 PM to 5 PM]
[# 17, 19 & 20]
Same as above, except Bunker replaces Manne - dr
Recorded same place as above ; August 13, 1965 [9 AM to 12 Noon]


LaroSwing said...

Yesss! More Howard Roberts is always welcome!

The Jackal said...

Thanks Mel for HR,

Could you check the RS Upload just directing to site not file. Looking forward to wrecking crew do jazz !

Orbyt said...

Hi Mel. Same glitch here - clicking on your link redirected me to RS.dotcom, not the download linkie. Same snafu on your Kelly post. Fie on those scurvy dogs at RS.

deGallo said...

I had no problem with RS. Great post Mel

Orbyt said...

Great. Problem seems to be fixed. Thanks Mel.

The Jackal said...

Thanks again Mel all good now, Looking forward to Hal Blaine in a jazz context.

Kneigh said...

AAHH!! Great post, Mel!! Many thanx for this fine Roberts!!

Blue Eyes said...

Yes, a must! thank you very much Mel for this very fine album (love the guitar tone in "Something's Cookin'"!)

Filwoj said...

Password, plssss...

Filwoj said...

Pasword, plsss...

Bill said...

Thanks, Mel.
Goodies is a nice album. But Something's Cookin' is pretty awful - am I the only one to think so? Am I missing something?

Eric said...

I can't successfully open the Bob Hardaway, Howard Roberts or Cecil Taylor albums. I have redownloaded and had the same problem...when unpacked I end up with files having the songs title but no music. I have been using Melanchthon as the password.

Otherwise, thank you for the music, whenever I get it to play.

Eric said...

Well, the third time was the charm. I redownloaded and they opened. Thank you

litlgrey said...

I truly, truly would love to get these classic albums, but on two attempts, the archives have been completely corrupt! Is there any possibility you could re-upload these two segments?

Thank you!

L.O.L. said...

Thx Mel=)

greenishthing said...

wonderful! I was looking for this! thanks a bunch

pedro gamundi said...


Boite Abandonada said...

Thank you!!!

Rick said...

Thanks, Mel.
NB The mixturecloud link is still up today.

Mike Chinaski said...

Links Are Dead. Please, repost. Thanx

Melanchthon said...

lowgroove said...

Super!!! Love HR.
Thanks once again.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Though you don't wear a Santa Claus hat, it's still Xmas time with your posts. Best to you.

grumpy said...

Thanks for the re-up, Mel, missed this first time around.

rowgatien said...

Thanks very much for the re-up as I have lost my copy it seems.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

A nice upgrade to me.
Thanks a lot, Melanchthon.

Axel.T. said...

Wonderful post of swinging Howard Roberts music.
Thank you so much,

Olde Edo said...

On a Howard Roberts binge...thank you so much for these great albums!