Herb ELLIS & Red MITCHELL – Doggin Around 1988

Herb ELLIS & Red MITCHELL – Doggin Around 1988
Recorded live at The Loa, Santa Monica, California in March 1988.

After recording many albums for Concord (including the majority of the label’s first releases), Herb Ellis did not lead any sessions for seven years until this duet date with bassist Red Mitchell. Other than three originals (including Mitchell’s “Big ‘N’ and the Bear” which features the bassist’s vocal), the repertoire is taken from the swing era. The interplay by the two greats on tunes such as “Sweethearts on Parade,” a medium-tempo “Over the Rainbow,” “Lady Be Good” and Mitchell’s “Life’s a Take” plus the classic cover drawing by cartoonist Gary Larson (depicting a jazz club run by and for dogs called “The Stuffed Cat”) are good reasons to acquire this high-quality straightahead session.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
Guitarist Herb Ellis, 88, has died. He got his big break as a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio 1953-58 then accompanied him in several years, Ella Fitzgerald. Together with fellow Barney Kessel, and Charlie Byrd he formed in the late 70’s the group Great Guitars. A duosamarbete with Red Mitchell in 1988 resulted in the album “Doggin ‘Around” (Concord). Another groovy disc example “is” Rhythm Willie “(Concord), which is heard by Herb Ellis Basiegitarristen Freddie Green.
Herb Ellis Guitar
Red Mitchell Bass, Vocals
01. Sweethearts on Parade Lombardo, Newman 3:54
02. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) Daugherty, Neiburg, Reynolds 4:45
03. There’s No Bad Blues Ellis 5:08
04. Easy Living Rainger, Robin 4:13
05. Over the Rainbow Arlen, Harburg 6:51
06. Oh, Lady Be Good Gershwin, Gershwin 4:35
07. Willow Weep for Me Ronell 4:15
08. Big ‘N’ and the Bear Mitchell 4:47
09. Mean to Me Ahlert, Turk 5:58
10. Life’s a Take Mitchell 3:27
11. Blue Moon Hart, Rodgers 3:24
12. Old Folks Hill, Robison 4:38

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