Saturday, January 24, 2009

Howard Roberts - The Magic Band Live at Donte's Vol.1 (1968)

Howard Roberts
The Magic Band Live at the Donte's Vol. 1

1 All of You (Porter) 13:30
2 Shiny Stockings (Foster) 15:50
3 All Blues (Davis) 12:40
4 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen) 12:26
5 When Sunny Gets Blue (Fisher, Segal) 17:17

Howard Roberts - g
Steve Bohannon - org
Tom Scott - as, ts & ss
Chuck Berghofer - b
John Guerin - dr

Recorded July, 1968 at Donte's in Los Angeles, CA.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Howard Roberts - The Real Howard Roberts (1977)

A little-known guitarist well worth exploring is Mr. Howard Roberts (1929-1992). A respected educator, co-founder of GIT, studio musician (he clocked so many session hours as an LA studio musician that he was referred to as "The Fifth Monkey"), and columnist for Guitar Player Magazine (Roberts and colleague Jerry Hahn practically invented the "guitar columnist" genre), he was above all a master of the instrument and a consummate jazzman. As a tribute to the man, Gibson, the legendary guitar maker, still manufactures one of its best-selling jazz models, Howard Roberts Fusion, tailor-made to meet Roberts' needs. This out-of-print Concord release from 1977 teams up Roberts with legend Ray Brown on bass, Ross Tompkins on piano and Jimmie Smith on drums in a set guaranteed to satisfy jazz guitar fans.

1. Dolphin Dance
2. Darn That Dream
3. The Lady Wants to Know
4. Parking Lot Blues
5. Gone With the Wind
6. Serenata
7. Angel Eyes
8. All Blues