Saturday, April 22, 2017

Herb Ellis - Nothin' but the Blues

Although guitarists played an important role in rhythm groups ranging from swing to hard bop, they are an exception as bandleader. Among the most successful are George Benson, Wes Montgomery and Herb Ellis. The present blues CD was the second recording made under his direction for the Verve label.
"My mother tells me I always played the blues", said Herb Ellis in thinking back to his childhood. And this is exactly what he did on this CD from 1957 : blues in every shape and form, in every mood, in every tempo. There’s not a dull moment with this range of variation ; that’s simply impossible when his fellow musicians are called Ray Brown and Stan Levey. He freed himself quite simply from the piano (and maybe also from the omnipresence of Oscar Peterson) — the piano stool remained unoccupied. Just listen to this CD as far as "Royal Garden Blues" and with the hot-blooded Roy Eldridge, nicknamed 'Little Jazz', on the trumpet and Stan Getz, the cool and relaxed musician on the tenor saxophone, you will certainly know why blues is the talk of the town.

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Herb Ellis
Nothin' but the Blues


1 Pap's Blues (Brown, Brown)  7:07
2 Big Red's Boogie Woogie (Brunies, Ellis)  5:39
3 Tin Roof Blues (Brunis, Brunies, Mares)  3:01
4 Soft Winds (Goodman)  6:03
5 Royal Garden Blues (Williams, Williams)  4:46
6 Patti Cake (Ellis)  6:03
7 Blues for Janet (Brown, Ellis, Smith)  7:14
8 Blues for Junior (Brown)  4:50


Herb Ellis - g
Roy Eldridge - tp
Stan Getz - ts
Ray Brown - b
Stan Levey - dr

Recorded in Hollywood, California ; October 11-12, 1957


Melanchthon said...

Anonymous said...

Cheers MM!

Historicus said...

Thanks a lot!!!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

DEEP said...


deGallo said...

Thank you

Sandflyer said...

Many thanks for (yet another) H.E.

musician3 said...

AMAZING......................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Jazz Padd said...

Great Ellis jams here, thanks very much!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Sandflyer said...

p.s. Having listened to this now, this is just soooooo laid back.
Just makes me want to have a beer (or four) under a tree somewhere.
Thanks again.

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Kovina Kris said...

I've got this one but it's a great listen and great post.