Saturday, March 11, 2017

Herb Ellis - When You're Smiling

Mitchell Herbert Ellis, 4 August 1921, Farmersville, Texas, USA. In 1941 Ellis attended North Texas State College, where his fellow students included Jimmy Giuffre. After graduation, he played guitar in a number of big bands, including the Casa Loma Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey outfit. He was next with Soft Winds, a trio formed from the Dorsey rhythm section with Johnny Frigo and Lou Carter, and in 1953 took Barney Kessel’s place in the Oscar Peterson trio, where he remained for five years alongside Ray Brown. After leaving Peterson he accompanied Ella Fitzgerald for four years and also worked with Julie London, then spent a decade in the Los Angeles film and television studios. In the early 70s he began a succession of marvellous associations with other guitarists, including Joe Pass, Charlie Byrd and Kessel (with the latter two as the Great Guitars). In his playing, Ellis constantly reveals a deep affinity for the blues and reflects a thorough awareness of the work of Charlie Christian. As a section player he brings an earthy quality few of his peers can match, and his time with Peterson was of such a high standard that thereafter the pianist rarely used another guitarist. As a soloist his command is outstanding and the bluesy muscularity of his playing is a constant source of delight...
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Colin Larkin

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Herb Ellis
When You're Smiling


1 When You're Smiling (Fisher, Goodwin, Shay)  3:54
2 How Insensitive (Jobim)  3:05
3 Georgia on My Mind (Stuart, Carmichael)  4:28
4 Patty Cake (Pepper)  4:32
5 These Foolish Things (Strachey, Marvel)  5:16
6 You Can Depend on Me (Carpenter, Hines)  2:49
7 Day by Day (Weston)  6:52
8 My Blues is Your Blues (Ellis)  5:28
9 Avalon (Rose, Jolson, DeSylva)  5:28


Herb Ellis - g
Ross Tompkins - p
Chuck Berghofer - b
Jake Hanna - dr

Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, California ; November 4 & 5/7, 1983


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

THank you very much

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. I didn't know about that one. Herb's always been one of ma favorite players.

rm said...

thank you very much

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thank you very much Mel!!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

francisco santos said...


deGallo said...

Thank you for the great HE.

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

pe444rro said...

Fantàstico, excelente grabaciòn.
Muchas gracias Mel
Happy sunday

stringbender said...

Great stuff - Many thanks!

Jazz Padd said...

New to me, too. Thanks!

inamist said...

Epoustouflant. Grand merci!

Geoviki said...

So many great guitarists out there! Thank you.

Kovina Kris said...

Nice post Mel!