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Monday, 2 October 2017

Howard Roberts born 2 October 1929


Howard Roberts (October 2, 1929 – June 28, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist, educator, and session musician.
Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and began playing guitar at the age of 8. By the time he was 15 he was playing professionally locally.
In 1950, he moved to Los Angeles, California. With the assistance of Jack Marshall, he began working with musicians, arrangers and songwriters including Neal Hefti, Henry Mancini, Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton, George Van Eps, and Barney Kessel. Around 1956, Bobby Troup signed him to Verve Records as a solo artist. At that time he decided to concentrate on recording, both as a solo artist and 'Wrecking Crew' session musician, a direction he would continue until the early 1970s.
Roberts played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, and mandolin. He was known for his heavy use of the Gibson L-5 guitar in the studio and for television and movie projects, including lead guitar on the theme from The Twilight Zone as well as acoustic and electric guitar on I Love Lucy, The Munsters, Bonanza, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island,Green Acres, Get Smart, Batman, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith, Peter Gunn,
Johnny Quest, Gidget, Mannix, Lost in Space, Dragnet, Wild Wild West, Mission Impossible, The Odd Couple, Dick Van Dyke, I Dream of Jeannie, and the theme for the film classic Bullitt.
Artists Roberts backed include Georgie Auld, Peggy Lee (on "Fever", although there famously is no guitar on the song), Eddie Cochran ("Sittin' in the Balcony"), Jody Reynolds ("Endless Sleep"), Shelley Fabares ("Johnny Angel"), Dean Martin ("Houston"), the Monkees, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, and the Electric Prunes.
In 1961, Roberts designed a signature guitar which was originally produced by Epiphone. The guitar was a modified Gibson ES-175 (Epiphone is owned by Gibson and during this period Epiphone guitars were manufactured in the same factory as Gibson guitars in Kalamazoo, Michigan), with a round sound hole and a single pickup. A redesigned version was later produced by Gibson. The Howard Roberts signature was borne by two other models made by Gibson: the Howard Roberts Custom and the Howard Roberts Fusion III.
In 1963, Roberts recorded Color Him Funky and H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player, his first two albums after signing with Capitol. Produced by Jack Marshall, they both feature the same quartet with Roberts (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Earl Palmer (drums) and Paul Bryant alternating with Burkley Kendrix on organ. Both albums were released on a single CD under the title Dirty & Funky on Randy Bachman's label Guitarchives in 1997. In all, he recorded ten albums with Capitol before signing with ABC Records/Impulse! Records.
 
                             

             Here's "Music To Watch Girls By" from above album

As a member of 'The Wrecking Crew', Roberts was a part of Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound', playing guitar on some of the most famous songs in pop music history.
From the late 1960s, Roberts began to focus on teaching rather than
recording. He travelled around the country giving guitar seminars, and wrote several instructional books. For some years he also wrote an acclaimed column called "Jazz Improvisation" for Guitar Player magazine. Roberts developed accelerated learning concepts and techniques, which led to the founding of Playback Music Publishing and the Guitar Institute of Technology. As a co-founder of GIT, now known as the Musicians Institute, Roberts' philosophy remains an integral part of the curriculum.
Roberts died of prostate cancer in Seattle, Washington, on June 28, 1992. His wife Patty, also active in musical education, continued in this field after his death.
Howard inspired the opening of Roberts Music Institute in Seattle, Washington, which is currently owned by his son, Jay Roberts. (Compiled from Wikipedia)
 

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boppinbob said...

For “Howard Roberts • Jaunty-Jolly! / Guilty !! (Two 1967 albums on one CD)

http://www.mediafire.com/file/iwwovos442ozf02/Howard+Roberts+-+Jaunty-Jolly+%21+-+Guilty+%21%21.rar

password: egroj

Jaunty-Jolly!
1 I Will Wait For Your 2:24
2 So Nice (Summer Samba) 2:41
3 Winchester Cathedral 1:52
4 Sing No Blues 3:58
5 Theme From "The Sand Pebbles" (And We Were Lovers) 2:28
6 A Man And A Woman 2:17
7 Music To Watch Girls By 2:21
8 All 2:29
9 If She Walked Into My Life 3:12
10 The Face I Love 2:13
11 Mercy, Mercy, Mercy 2:54
Guilty!
12 Watch What Happens 2:03
13 Ode To Billie Joe 2:18
14 Triste 2:05
15 Can't Take My Eyes Off You 2:16
16 The Look Of Love 2:50
17 Yellow Days 2:19
18 Walk Tall 2:18
19 You And I (Voce E Eu) 1:59
20 O Barquinho (Little Boat) 2:23
21 Wait Until Dark 2:51
22 Up, Up And Away 2:29


Credits
Bass – Chuck Berghofer
Drums – John Guerin (tracks: 12-22), Shelly Manne
Drums, Percussion – Larry Bunker (tracks: 12-22), Paulo Fernando de Magalhaes* (tracks: 12-22)
Guitar – Al Hendrickson (tracks: 12-22), Howard Roberts, Jack Marshall (tracks: 12-22)
Organ – Dave Grusin
Percussion, Vocals – Claudio Miranda (tracks: 12-22)
Piano, Percussion – Vic Feldman* (tracks: 12-22)
Producer – David Cavanaugh

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