Thursday, April 27, 2017

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Herb Ellis and the All-Stars

Artist:Herb Ellis and the All-Stars
Song:Old Folks
Album:The Midnight Roll

Of course guitarist Herb Ellis is best known for his days with Oscar Peterson and the Verve Records house band in the 50s. I have also looked at his Concord recordings of the 70s. This 1962 album is unusual for Ellis as he normally records in small groups. On this album, a larger band was put together. After Ellis left the Peterson band in 1962, he worked mainly as a session musician for most of the 60s. But legendary Columbia Records producer John Hammond signed Ellis. Ellis recorded four albums for Columbia. The Midnight Roll was his first album in 1962. He has a larger band than usual with Roy Eldridge and Frank Assunto of The Dukes of Dixieland in trumpet, Buddy Tate on tenor sax, Ray Bryant on piano, veteran sidemen Israel Crosby (Albert Ammons, Teddy Wilson) and Jimmy Rowser from Maynard Ferguson's band on bass and drummer Gus Johnson from Count Basie's Orchestra. Old Folks is recorded with just the rhythm section. It's a jazz standard written by Willard Robison and Dedette Lee Hill and first recorded by Larry Clinton in 1938. It's been recorded by many jazz musicians including Ben Webster and Jack Teagarden. The Midnight Roll has been released as a budget CD by the reissue label Wounded Bird. Ellis recorded on Columbia with Stuff Smith, Andre Previn, Shelly Manne, Ray Brown and Charlie Byrd. He left Columbia in 1965 and after one album for Dot, he mainly worked as a session musician until he signed with Concord in 1974. Here's a video for Old Folks by Herb Ellis and the All Stars.

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