Friday, October 7, 2016

Howard Roberts - 1977 - The Real Howard Roberts

Howard Roberts 
The Real Howard Roberts

01. Dolphin Dance 5:25
02. Darn That Dream 4:51
03. Lady Wants To Know 3:56
04. Parking Lot Blues 5:44
05. Gone With The Wind 5:27
06. Serenata 5:55
07. Angel Eyes 8:16

Bass – Ray Brown
Drums – Jimmie Smith
Guitar – Howard Roberts
Piano – Ross Tompkins

Most of guitarist Howard Roberts' recordings through the years (particularly a long string for Capitol in the 1960s) were quite commercial, featuring brief versions of current pop tunes. A versatile studio player, Roberts finally had an opportunity in 1977 to record some no-nonsense, straight-ahead jazz. This set (reissued on CD) matches Roberts in a quartet with pianist Ross Tompkins, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer Jimmie Smith playing some standards (including Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance," "Gone With the Wind," and "Angel Eyes"), Michael Franks' "Lady Wants to Know," and Brown's "Parking Lot Blues." This is one of the few examples of Howard Roberts showing what a strong jazz player he could be.



  2. Wowie Zowie! I'm awarding you "Blog of the Month" for these last few posts. I thought I had all the H.R. I'd ever need but then.... Never seen these anywhere else before, all essential too! BiG CHEERS! I.V.G.

    (If there were a Nobel prize for blogging, I'd nominate you!)