Reference: FSRCD 1648
Bar code: 8427328616485
Gather round, children, and listen to the message of the blues. The whole story is right here in eight, eloquent preachments by as fine a quintet of wailers as can be assembled. Herb seems to be everywhere at once, comping tastefully, riffing chords and single string behind the other soloists. Stan Getz and Roy Eldridge had a good day too, and thanks to Ellis alternating role, a piano is never once missed in the rhythm section. Brown and Levey take care of business in basic, no-nonsense fashion. Dont miss it.
01. Paps Blues (Ray Brown) 7:05
02. Big Reds Boogie Woogie (Herb Ellis) 5:38
03. Tin Roof Blues (Pollack-Brunies-Rappolo-Stitzel-Mares-Melrose) 2:59
04. Soft Winds (Benny Goodman) 6:01
05. Royal Garden Blues (Williams-Williams) 4:44
06. Patti Cake (Herb Ellis) 5:58
07. Blues for Janet (Brown-Ellis) 7:11
08. Blues for Junior (Ray Brown) 4:49
Total time: 44:52 min.
Originally issued on Verve (MG V-8252)
Personnel on all tracks:
Herb Ellis (g), Roy Eldridge (tp), Stan Getz (ts), Ray Brown (b) and Stan Levey (d).
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, on October 11, 1957.
Original recordings supervised by Norman Granz.
This CD reissue produced by Jordi Pujol
24-Bit Digitally Remastered
"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 [...]"
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide