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Herb ELLIS, Joe PASS, Ray BROWN, Jake HANNA – Arrival 1973

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Herb ELLIS, Joe PASS, Ray BROWN, Jake HANNA – Arrival 1973
2003 Issue.


For lovers of guitar jazz, inspired pairings like Joe Pass and Herb Ellis make for special outings. While both players prospered in a number of settings, they brought out a new quality in each other when paired together, bumping up the energy a notch or two. Arrival is special because it reissues the duo’s first two albums with Concord: Jazz/Concord in 1973 and the live Seven, Come Eleven in 1974 (also Concord’s first two albums). The quartet is completed by bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna, two fine players who keep the program bopping along. Both discs, filled with reliable standards, are excellent in different ways. Arrival kicks off with “Look for the Silver Lining,” which bounces along like the perfect daydream for nearly five minutes. The stereo separation of the two guitars sounds great on the hi-fi, and renditions of “Stuffy” and “Georgia” are fantastic. Seven, Come Eleven begins with “In a Mellow Tone” but really blasts off with the title track, a Charlie Christian/Benny Goodman tune played faster than one can imagine anyone’s fingers moving. This set, unlike Jazz/Concord, feeds from the energy of the audience. While the roots of both of these recordings date back to swing, the music never sounds like a nostalgia trip. Instead, these discs have captured Pass and Ellis in the moment, delivering crisp solos and dense accompaniment. Arrival offers two great CDs and a chance to check out, or revisit, two great guitarists.
By Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
The very first release by the Concord label (recorded at the 1973 Concord Jazz Festival) was a quartet set featuring guitarists Herb Ellis and Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna. Ellis and Pass (the latter was just beginning to be discovered) always made for a perfectly complementary team, constantly challenging each other. The boppish music (which mixes together standards with “originals” based on the blues and a standard) is quite enjoyable with the more memorable tunes including “Look for the Silver Lining,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Georgia,” “Good News Blues” and “Bad News Blues.” This was a strong start for what would become the definitive mainstream jazz label.
This is, above all, a fun album–the musicianship is superb and the group was obviously enjoying themselves during the performance, which comes across clearly in the recording. All the songs are exceptional, but to me the standout is “Concord Blues”–it absolutely flies, both with the chugging rhythm section and the guitar interplay. The Pass solo (the second of the two) starts off softly and then builds to the point that all someone on the recording can do is whistle (whew!) with the perfection of it.
Herb Ellis- Guitar
Joe Pass- Guitar
Ray Brown- Bass
Jake Hanna- Drums
Arrival: Jazz/Concord/Seven, Come Eleven CD 1:
01. Look for the Silver Lining 4:47
02. Shadow of Your Smile 2:30
03. Good News Blues 3:22
04. Honeysuckle Rose 3:07
05. Happiness Is the Concord Jazz Festival 3:54
06. Stuffy 5:07
07. Georgia on My Mind 5:24
08. Love for Sale 3:48
09. Bad News Blues 5:17

Arrival: Jazz/Concord/Seven, Come ElevenĀ  CD 2:
01. In a Mellow Tone 7:32
02. Seven Come Eleven 5:09
03. Prelude to a Kiss 5:34
04. Perdido 4:51
05. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You) 5:12
06. Easy Living 4:32
07. Concord Blues 8:49

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