Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Herb ELLIS & Stuff SMITH - Together! 1963
This Koch CD reissues an interesting and very successful matchup between guitarist Herb Ellis and the great swing violinist Stuff Smith. Pianist Lou Levy and Bob Enevoldsen (doubling on his cool-toned tenor and valve trombone) contribute some solos and drummer Shelly Manne adds fine support. The reissue (which has three alternate takes in addition to the original six-song program) features plenty of cooking and strong interplay between Stuff and Ellis on some blues, the ancient standard How Come You Do Me Like You Do (which has one of the violinist's two personable vocals) and Smith's two originals Hillcrest and Skip It. This is one of Ellis' personal favorite records and one of the best recordings from Stuff Smith's later years.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
A rare treat from the now defunt Koch Jazz . Stuff really benefits from having two other front liners to enhance his customary drive and swing.They all gain from having Manne on board. Stand out track - Get Acquainted Blues. Three bonus takes mean good value. Surpassed only by NOTHING BUT THE BLUES.Recommended
By Brian E. White.
Stuff Smith- Violin, Vocals
Herb Ellis- Guitar
Shelly Manne- Drums
Bob Enevoldsen- Trombone, Tenor Sax
Lou Levy- Piano
01. Skip It 8:07
02. Alone Together (take 2) 4:18
03. Blues For Janet 4:16
04. How Come You Do Me Like You Do 3:06
05. Get Acquainted Blues (take 5) 7:33
06. Hillcrest (take 2) 7:09
07. Get Acquainted Blues 7:33
08. Alone Together (take 1) 7:15
09. Hillcrest (take 5) 6:08