Monday, November 7, 2016

Herb Ellis - Blues Variations

An excellent bop-based guitarist with a slight country twang to his sound, Herb Ellis became famous playing with the Oscar Peterson Trio during 1953-1958. Prior to that, he had attended North Texas State University and played with the Casa Loma Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey (1945-1947), and the sadly under-recorded trio Soft Winds.
While with Peterson, Ellis was on some Jazz at the Philharmonic tours and had a few opportunities to lead his own dates for Verve, including his personal favorite, Nothing but the Blues (1957). After leaving Peterson, Ellis toured a bit with Ella Fitzgerald ; became a studio musician on the West Coast ; made sessions with the Dukes of Dixieland, Stuff Smith, and Charlie Byrd; and in the 1970s became much more active in the jazz world.
He is on the first three Concord releases, interacting with Joe Pass on the initial two, and toured with the Great Guitars (along with Byrd and Barney Kessel) through much of the 1970s into the '80s. After a long series of Concord albums, Herb Ellis cut a couple of excellent sessions in the 1990s for Justice, as well as 1999's Burnin' on Acoustic Music.

Source :

Herb Ellis
Blues Variations


1 Wave (Jobim)  6:19
2 Blues Variations (Ellis)  7:08
3 Please Send Me Someone to Love (Mayfield)  4:17
4 The Way We Were (Bergman, Hamlisch)  1:55
5 Medley I  4:26
a. The Shadow of Your Smile (Mandel, Webster)
b. Night and Day (Porter)
c. My Old Flame (Coslow, Johnston)
6 Medley II  7:47
a. Little Girl Blue (Hart)
b. I Love You (Porter, Rodgers)
7 It Could Happen to You (Burke, Van Heusen)  4:48
8 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Ellington, Persons)  2:55


Herb Ellis - g
Steve Lyman - g [# 2 only]
Ike Isaacs - b
Al Nicholson - dr

Recorded live at e. j.'s, Atlanta, Georgia ; April 19, 1980


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

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sep troelstra said...

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Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!

rm said...

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Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel for this exquisite new post.

HEXIS said...

Thank you very much Mel!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel.
Love Ellis' playing, especially Nothing But The Blues.
Do you happen to have those two albums he did with Duke Robillard? Good stuff, IMO.

inamist said...

Wow! Merci

Fernando said...

Thanks a lot!

Kovina Kris said...

I have a lot of Herb Ellis but not this one. Thank you!