This release includes two outstanding and long unavailable Verve albums reuniting guitarist Herb Ellis with numerous jazz horn greats.
Focused on the interpretation of new and classic blues, "Nothing But the Blues" features Stan Getz and Roy Eldridge, while on "Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre", presents a different musical conception, Ellis' guitar is more or less the only solo voice heard, Giuffre plays tenor and baritone sax, and is also the arranger on the whole album.
01. Paps Blues (7:09)
02. Big Reds Boogie Woogie (5:41)
03. Tin Roof Blues (3:02)
04. Soft Winds (6:04)
05. Royal Garden Blues (4:48)
06. Patti Cake (6:03)
07. Blues For Janet (7:15)
08. Blues For Junior (4:51)
09. Goose Grease (3:05)
10. When Your Lover Has Gone (5:57)
11. Remember (7:40)
12. A Country Boy (5:06)
13. You Know (4:32)
14. My Old Flame (3:32)
15. People Will Say Were In Love (4:49)
Total time: 79:41 min.
Tracks #1-8 were originally issued as Verve MGV-8253.
Tracks #9-15 originally issued as Verve MGV-8311.
Personnel on "Nothing But the Blues" [#1-8]: Herb Ellis (g), Stan Getz (ts), Roy Eldridge (tp), Ray Brown (b and Stan Levey (d). Recorded in
Hollywood, California, October 11-12, 1957.
Personnel on "Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre" [#9-15]: Herb Ellis (g soloist), Jimmy Giuffre (ts, bs, arr), Art Pepper, Bud Shank (as), Richie Kamuca (ts), Lou Levy (p), Jim Hall (rhythm g), Joe Mondragon (b) and Stan Levey (d). Recorded in Hollywood, California, on March 26, 1959.
-Nothing But the Blues
"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
-Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre
"Herb Ellis Meets Jimmy Giuffre presents an unusual team. It is an album with involved arrangements, as opposed to a jam session format, and the only solo voice heard here is Ellis guitar with the exception of the tune "Remember", on which some short solos by the horns are heard. Not even Giuffre solos, as he contented himself with writing all of the arrangements and playing on the elaborate ensemble passages."