Herb Ellis : Nothing but the Blues

Herb Ellis : Nothing but the Blues


Herb Ellis (guitar), Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Oscar Peterson (piano), Ray Brown (bass), Stan Levey, Gus Johnson (drums)

Verve 8252

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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 A1 - Pap's Blues
 A2 - Big Red's Boogie Woogie
 A3 - Tin Roof Blues
 A4 - Soft Winds  
 A5 - Royal Garden Blues
 A6 - Patti Cake
 B1 - Blues for Janet
 B2 - Blues for Junior
 B3 - Les Tricheurs
 B4 - Clo's Blues
 B5 - Phil's Tune
 B6 - Mic's Jump

Recorded on October 11, 1957 (A1-B2) at Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood and May 1, 1958 (B3-B6) in Paris.

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 who passed away this spring. The present blues LP 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 LP 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 LP 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.

Guitarist Herb Ellis considers this is his favorite personal album and it is easy to see why. With trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tenor saxophonist Stan Getz contributing contrasting but equally rewarding solos and lots of inspired riffing while bassist Ray Brown and drummer Stan Levey join Ellis in the pianoless rhythm section, these performances have plenty of color and drive. Ellis does indeed stick to the blues during the original eight selections yet there is also a surprising amount of variety. 

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com