Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Real Howard Roberts

Most of guitarist Howard Roberts' recordings through the years (particularly a long string for Capitol in the 1960s) were quite commercial, featuring brief versions of current pop tunes. A versatile studio player, Roberts finally had an opportunity in 1977 to record some no-nonsense, straight-ahead jazz. This set (reissued on CD) matches Roberts in a quartet with pianist Ross Tompkins, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jimmie Smith playing some standards (including Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance," "Gone With the Wind," and "Angel Eyes"), Michael Franks' "Lady Wants to Know," and Brown's "Parking Lot Blues." This is one of the few examples of Howard Roberts showing what a strong jazz player he could be.
Scott Yanow

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Howard Roberts
The Real Howard Roberts


1 Dolphin Dance (Hancock)  5:26
2 Darn That Dream (VanHeusen, DeLange)  4:52
3 The Lady Wants to Know (Franks)  3:56
4 Parking Lot Blues (Brown)  5:45
5 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  5:28
6 Serenata (Anderson, Parish)  5:55
7 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis) Dennis, Brent)  8:17
8 All Blues (Davis)  6:59


Howard Roberts - g
Ross Tompkins - p
Ray Brown - b
Jimmie Smith - dr

Recorded at Sunwest Recording Studios, Inc. Hollywood, CA ; August 26, 1977.


LaroSwing said...

Un classique, de nos jours... Merci!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

TEO said...

Thanks very much Mel!
New to me but great line up and track list!

pedro gamundi said...


fcapeau said...

Big quartet and musicians ! Big Fun !!
Enjoy, Enjoy .... and of course, many thanks, Mel, one more time.

Melanchthon said...

francisco santos said...

THX !.....

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.