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Nothing But The Blues

Nothing But The Blues

September 26, 1994
4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 26, 1994
  • Release Date: September 27, 1994
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 58:14
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  • ASIN: B000VZLN9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,832 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Ralph Quirino on June 1, 2000
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Herb Ellis is yet another unsung jazz guitarist. His sides with Oscar Peterson's legendary group added nuance and a subtle shade of soul to already perfect performances. Unfortunately, his often-times subdued playing meant you almost never really heard him play. This exceptional 1958 date, his "first" for a major label, is filled with brilliant playing. And though he doesn't aim for pyrotechnics, the album contains soft-hued pieces brimming with quiet soul and just a hint of his Texas swing roots. The remastering on this reissue is first-rate and brings the recording's nuances right to the fore. And for those of you who (like me) fell in love with his style, there's loads more out there... Ellis deserves a place of honour along with Grant Green, George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel and Joe Pass as a genuine genius of jazz guitar. Very easy on the ears, very relaxed riffing, very eye-opening performances. A perfect introduction.
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This outstanding album is really the entire title album that was recorded in Los Angeles for Verve on October 11, 1957 (tracks 1 through 8) plus bonus tracks from a 1958 French movie titled Les Tricheurs. The sound samples on this page will tell you more about this album than I can possibly describe in words, so let those and your ears guide you.

Tracks 1 through 8 feature an all-star line up with Ellis accompanied by accompanied by Stan Getz on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Ray Brown on bass and Stan Levey on drums. The music is every bit as energetic as the short sound samples hint at. And even with Getz and Eldridge dominating the melody line Ellis has ample space to solo.

The final four tracks were recorded in Paris, France on May 1, 1958 and have an even heavier star studded line up. Like the forst eight tracks this was also recorded for Verve and feature power pairings of Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Coleman Hawkins and Stan Getz on tenor sax and a dynamite rhythm section comprised of Oscar Peterson on piano, Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass and Gus Johnson on drums.

While Ellis was always amazing in smaller trio and quartet settings, he absolutely shines in these larger ensembles - and commands the same attention as some of the big dogs from that era.
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I had played guitar for almost twenty years, most of it wasted on rock 'n' roll. Herb Ellis on this cd, and on Oscar Peterson's "Shakespearean Festival, and "Concertgebouw" cds,turned me to jazz and I've never turned back. He is absolutely my favorite. Despite having played with everyone who is anyone in jazz I've never felt he got his due. He's just incredible. Buy this cd--you'll love it. Buy the Oscar Peterson cds I mentioned above. Buy Herb Ellis and Red Mitchell "Doggin' Around." Seriously, you can't go wrong with anything Mr. Ellis is on.
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"For all his yeoman's duty as Oscar Peterson's guitarist in the Fifties, and the countless sessions he has countributed to since, Herb Ellis feels that this recording is his greatest accomplishment. Flanked by superior improvisers - a sure sign of confidence - such as Roy Eldridge and Stan Getz, Ellis lays down eight varied yet perfect blues tunes (including five originals by him and bassist Ray Brown). And this CD includes four bonus tracks played by a Jazz at the Philharmonic All Stars lineup - including Eldridge, Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Coleman Hawkins."
-quoted from back of "Nothing But The Blues" CD
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