Herb Ellis Nothing But The Blues 180g LP
Michael Fremer Rated 8/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his February 2012 reviews on www.musicangle.com and Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the February 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
180g Virgin Vinyl! Excellent Blues Guitar! Audiophile Mastered German Pressing from Speakers Corner!
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. 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.
"The mono recording is spectacularly natural and the mix is superb— expertly layering naturally recorded instruments in three-dimensional space. An unlikely gem? Yes! But easy to like too. " - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 8/10, Sound 9/10
• 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
• High Quality Pressing
• Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
• German Pressing
• Original on the Verve Records Label
Herb Ellis, guitar
Stan Getz, tenor saxophone
Roy Eldridge, trumpet
Ray Brown, bass
Stan Levey, drums
1. Pap's Blues
2. Big Red's Boogie Woogie
3. Tin Roof Blues
4. Soft Winds
1. Royal Garden Blues
2. Patti Cake
3. Blues For Janet
4. Blues For Junior
Recorded October 1957 in Los Angeles.