Saturday, August 12, 2017

Herb Ellis - Softly...but With That Feeling/Thank You, Charlie Christian

Guitarist Herb Ellis first became prominent as a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio from 1953 to 1958 in a musical and personal community of spirit rare in jazz history. It was during this period that, in addition to recording countless Verve LPs with Peterson, he began making albums as a leader, including the two excellent releases in this collection. Recorded with the pick of the crop of West Coast jazz musicians, these sessions confirm an assessment Ellis made in 1961 of his own evolution through the years: “As Oscar said to me, you can only develop what you are best capable of doing, I hope I can continue to develop in just that way.”
His personal roots, affirmed here on Thank You Charlie Christian, but also evident on Softly... But with That Feeling, go back to another great guitarist, Charlie Christian. “Before that I just played fast,” Ellis said. “In fact, the first time I heard Charlie I thought he really wasn’t so much, because I felt I could play faster than that. Then after a few more times he really hit me, and I realized that speed wasn’t everything. I got quite emotional—put my guitar away and said I’d never play again. But the next day I got it out and started to try to play like Charlie.”
He succeeded but, as these recordings prove, he found his own distinctive and inimitable voice to become one of the greats of jazz guitar.

Source :

Herb Ellis
Softly...but With That Feeling
Thank You, Charlie Christian

(2 Lps On 1 Cd)


1 One Note Samba (Hendricks, Jobim, Mendonca)  5:46
2 Toni (Byard)  1:55
3 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:42
4 Jim’s Blues (Ellis, Feldman)  5:53
5 John Brown’s Body (trad.)  3:32
6 Detour Ahead (Carter, Ellis, Frigo)  4:13
7 You Better be Ready (Feldman)  5:36
8 Gravy Waltz (Allen, Brown)  5:13
9 Pickly Wickley (Ellis)  3:17
10 I Told Ya I Love Ya, Now Get out (Carter, Ellis, Frigo)  2:52
11 Cook One (Ellis)  2:54
12 Karin (Ellis)  4:41
13 Cherry Kijafa (Ellis, Thomas)  4:17
14 Thank You Charlie Christian (Ellis)  7:38
15 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Berlin)  2:52
16 Lemon Twist (Troup)  2:48
17 Everything's Pat (Ellis)  3:35
18 Workin' with the Truth (Ellis)  1:58


[# 1-8] from the Verve album "Softly... But With That Feeling" (V6-8448)
Herb Ellis - g
Victor Feldman - vb
Leroy Vinnegar - b
Ronnie Zito - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; October 12 & 13, 1961
[# 9-18] from the Verve album "Thank You, Charlie Christian" (MGV S 6164)
Herb Ellis - g
Harry Babasin - cel
Frank Strazzari - p
Chuck Berghofer - b
Kenny Hume - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; June 1 & 2, 1960


L.O.L. said...

Thx Mel=)

LaroSwing said...

Many thanks for all these shared treasures!

luthier said...

Hi Mel. Thank you. I will download it. I already have "Charlie Christian", but not "Softly..." I am looking forward to listen to this.

Blue Eyes said...

Super post, thanks a lot Mel!

stringbender said...

Thanks for posting these great Herb Ellis sides.

deGallo said...

Thank you Mel. Ellis a true legend of jazz guitar.

The Jackal said...

Leroy on a Herb Ellis session, can't wait !

Descargador said...

Muchas Gracias Mel!!!

Bill said...

'Softly...' is new to me. A great album. Thanks, Mel.

DEEP said...




ita diegues said...

Thank you one more time Melanchthon.

Alvinho said...

Thanks, Mel.

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

Thank you agin for another trail...

Check out:

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

lowgroove said...

A wonderful album, thank you!

Fred Archtop said...

I have the second LP but not the first one in my collection. Any HB album is much appreciated, thank you Mel.

Axel.T. said...

Thank you for this great set.

Melanchthon said...

Aureacordes said...

¡Muchas gracias por compartir esta hermosa música!

Jazz Padd said...

Nice, thanks!

DEEP said...


tdelyon said...

Thanks a lot :)

Kovina Kris said...

I've got one of those albums from you and one from elsewhere. In any case, thank you!