Good Pickin's

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Issued in 1959, Howard Roberts' Good Pickin's was his second album for Verve as a leader. It is as straight-up a blowing date as you're likely to find, though it has wonderful harmonic invention thanks to the two arrangers on the date -- Bill Holman, who also plays tenor, and Marty Paich. The rest of the date is rounded out by pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Stan Levey. The tunes range from standards like "All the Things You Are" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" to straight-up bebop in Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo" and George Wallington's "Godchild." The lone original on the set, which closes the album, is Roberts' "Terpsichore."...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Issued in 1959, Howard Roberts' Good Pickin's was his second album for Verve as a leader. It is as straight-up a blowing date as you're likely to find, though it has wonderful harmonic invention thanks to the two arrangers on the date -- Bill Holman, who also plays tenor, and Marty Paich. The rest of the date is rounded out by pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Stan Levey. The tunes range from standards like "All the Things You Are" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" to straight-up bebop in Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo" and George Wallington's "Godchild." The lone original on the set, which closes the album, is Roberts' "Terpsichore." It is also the longest on the platter. It's a slow blues that's unimaginative but allows everyone in the band to blow. The tenor/guitar heads on these tunes work well thanks to tight, colorful arrangements that accent the sharpness in the chosen songs. The straight-up soloing works because it is reined in tightly, keeping the melodic invention at the forefront. This is a solid date and should be checked out by anyone interested in jazz guitar.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2006
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498880241
  • Catalog Number: 000593102
  • Sales rank: 16,536

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Roberts Primary Artist, Guitar
Bill Holman Tenor Saxophone
Red Mitchell Bass, Bass Guitar
Pete Jolly Piano
Stan Levey Drums
Technical Credits
Bill Holman Arranger
George Wallington Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Marty Paich Arranger
Charlie Parker Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Ted Koehler Composer
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer, Audio Production
Ken Druker Executive Producer
William Rotsler Cover Photo
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