Sunday, August 6, 2017

Herb Ellis - Soft & Mellow

Despite the title of this record by guitarist Herb Ellis, the songs are not all sleepy ballads. In fact, the opening number played by the quartet (which also includes pianist Ross Tompkins, bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Jake Hanna) is a rapid version of "Shine" and there is also an uptempo rendition of "Rosetta" to close the date. In between Ellis and his group perform five standards (including a few ballads) plus his original "Jeff's Bad Blues," dedicated to Concord head Carl Jefferson. An excellent all-round set of swinging music.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Herb Ellis
Soft & Mellow


1 Shine (Brown, Dabney, Mack)  3:19
2 I Concentrate on You (Porter)  3:47
3 Watch What Happens (Gimbel, Legrand)  4:07
4 Jeff's Bad Blues (Ellis)  5:52
5 If I Should Lose You (Rainger, Robin)  3:40
6 Wave (Jobim)  4:53
7 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:06
8 Rosetta (Hines, Woode)  4:59


Herb Ellis - g
Ross Tompkins - p
Monty Budwig - b
Jake Hanna - dr

Recorded at Coast Recorders, San Francisco, California ; August 1978.


itr said...

Nice share. Many thanks, Mel.

xTina said...

Gracias Mel por contribuir con tu generosidad a fomentar el amor por la guitarra.

Saludos desde España.

deGallo said...

Herb Ellis...Soft & Mellow...I had this as mp3 so I really appreciate the upgrade. As I've said many times, mp3 is fine for me, but HE is one of my favorite jazz guitarists so I always wanted the lossless.

Philo said...

Herb Ellis - Soft & Mellow

I have this album in my collection and can recommend it. Very entertaining music; a lot of fun.

Bill said...

Thank you.

Blue Eyes said...

Super, merci Mel for this upgrade !

estravagario said...

Thank you !

Adrian said...

Thanks a lot for the upgrade of this nice album.
Please use the Zyppyshare option too.
Thank you.

Historicus said...

Many thanks!

Fred Archtop said...

Great Herb Ellis album from the Concord era. Thanks a million Mel.

francisco santos said...


Melanchthon said...

Aureacordes said...

Gracias por poner al alcance de todos el maravilloso jazz de los 50's

Jazz Padd said...

Thank you!

Kovina Kris said...

Great post Mel!