Monday, June 5, 2017

Howard Roberts - Jaunty-Jolly ! & Guilty !!

The Sixties were perhaps the golden era for Hollywood studio musicians. In addition to the music produced for the television and film industry, the L.A. scene was burgeoning with popular musical groups. The record business was in the firm grip of a rock revolution inspired largely by the Beatles and scores of hopeful rock bands got record deals. It's even been rumored that many of the more traditional recording artists, who were rapidly becoming anachronisms, lost record contracts merely because of the vast amount of vinyl needed to accommodate the new era's rock acts. Because of this change a curious thing happened that created some strange bedfellows : a number of jazz artists began working as session players. It's no secret that many of the popular rock groups of the time were ghosted on vinyl by studio musicians. Once again, it was a matter of economics. Most jazzers could read charts well, were by definition inventive, and could nail an arrangement quickly. Studio time was expensive and using experienced players was simply cost effective. Howard Roberts was one of those jazz artists who found an abundance of work in the studios. He began playing professionally at age 13 in Phoenix and was working with Art Farmer by age 16. He was 20 in 1950, when he arrived in Los Angeles and began playing jam sessions and after-hours clubs. Shortly after that he was gigging with the Bobby Troup Quartet where he developed a chordal style of playing that helped spark a trend in which small groups used the guitar in lieu of a piano. By the late Fifties, he was one of the most sought-after players in town. He was open-minded and imaginative and his influence on the music scene was profound. He lent his instantly recognizable, bluesy though sophisticated style to countless pop records and was averaging 3000 sides a year covering dates from Elvis to the Electric Prunes. A cover story in the guitarist's bible Guitar Player Magazine called him a renaissance man — a sideman, soloist, educator and innovator. Fortunately, in the Mid-Sixties Howard got the call to record as a leader. That wise move by Capitol Records yielded a series of marvelous albums with jazzy treatments of some the era's most popular tunes. What you're holding now are two of the best examples. Jaunty-Jolly ! and Guilty !! were recorded in 1967 with Howard fronting such other Hollywood heavies as keyboardists Dave Grusin and Victor Feldman, drummer Shelley Manne, bassist Chuck Bergofer and fellow guitar aces Al Hendrickson, Bill Pitman and Jack Marshall...
Jim Carlonfrom the booklet

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Howard Roberts
Jaunty-Jolly !


1 I Will Wait For You (Legrand, Gimbel)  2:24
2 So Nice (Valle, Valle)  2:41
3 Winchester Cathedral (Stephens)  1:52
4 Sing No Blues (Grusin)  3:58
5 Theme From "The Sand Pebbles" (Bricusse, Goldsmith)  2:28
6 A Man And A Woman (Barouh, Lai, Keller)  2:17
7 Music To Watch Girls By (Ramin)  2:21
8 All (Jessel, Grudeff, Fidenco, Oliviero)  2:29
9 If She Walked Into My Life (Herman)  3:12
10 The Face I Love (Valle, Gilbert)  2:13
11 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (Zawinul)  2:54
12 Watch What Happens (Legrand, Gimbel)  2:03
13 Ode To Billie Joe (Gentry)  2:18
14 Triste (Jobim)  2:05
15 Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You (Crewe, Gaudio)  2:16
16 Look Of Love (Light, Drake, Davies)  2:50
17 Yellow Days (Carrillo, Bernstein)  2:19
18 Walk Tall (Zwanuli, Marrow, Rein)  2:18
19 You And I (Lyra, De Moraes)  1:59
20 O Barquinho (Manescal, Boscoli)  2:23
21 Wait Until Dark (Mancini, Livingston, Evans)  2:51
22 Up, Up and Away (Webb)  2:29


[# 1-11]
Howard Roberts - g
Dave Grusin - p
Shelley Manne - dr
Chuck Bergofer - b & Fender b
Larry Bunker, Emil Richards - dr
Bill Pitman - g
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; February 21 & 28, 1967 & March 7, 1967
[# 12-22]
Howard Roberts - g
Dave Grusin - org
Chuck Berghofer - b
Al Hendrickson, Jack Marshall - g
John Guerin - dr
Paulo Fernando de Magalhaes, Larry Bunker - dr & perc
Claudio Miranda - perc & voc
Vic Feldman - el p & perc
Recorded in Hollywood, California ; September 21 & 22, 1967 

See the complete artwork


lcbriza said...

Thanks, Mel, for sharing these stuffs of the sixties, of the great Howard Roberts.

Orbyt said...

Wonderful. Thank you.

PgUpPgDn said...

Biiiiig surprise from you. Please do something for these HR albums: 1959 The Movin' Man; 1971 Antelope Freeway; 1972 Equinox Express Elevator; 1974 Sounds; 1980 Turning to Spring. I'm dying for that stuff. Thank you so much for your time.

justjack said...

Again with the cool album artwork. It's awesome icing on the delicious cake of HR's music. Thank you.

Arc said...

HR is a dirty guitar player alright, if by 'dirty' one means 'masterful'. Thanks, M.

yewsta said...

Thank you.

Swank Daddy said...

Many thanks for sharing this album.

Gyges said...

Décidément, que de merveilles !

Merci infiniment !!

fcapeau said...

Two more for the road ! many thanks, Mel, i love this guitarist.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

el marinero said...

thank you for your generosity

deGallo said...

Thank you

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

jose arboleda said...

Thank you, José.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel! And yeah, love the artwork.

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

km1292 said...


Melanchthon said...

Jazz Padd said...

Great stuff, many thanks!

DEEP said...


Kovina Kris said...

This is an excellent two-fer for anybody who doesn't have these HR albums. Great stuff!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

-Да ты- Чудотворец,Мел!
-Well,you are kind o' Magician,Mel!=)

Axel.T. said...

Thanks for this wonderful 2 set of Howard Roberts.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much

Olde Edo said...

Thank you!