Barney Kessel & Herb Ellis – Poor Butterfly {Concord}


Barney Kessel & Herb Ellis – Poor Butterfly {Concord}

Bop, Cool, Guitar

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Herb Ellis had previously recorded with fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Joe Pass and Freddie Green, but this early Concord album (reissued on CD) was his first meeting on records with Barney Kessel.

It is of little surprise that the two complementary players (who had both been with the Oscar Peterson Trio at different times in the 1950s) work together quite well.

With fine support from bassist Monty Budwig and drummer Jake Hanna, Kessel and Ellis (both generally easy to identify) swing their way through some mostly little-played standards, including “Early Autumn” and “Dearly Beloved,” plus a few originals by the co-leaders.

Fans of the bop guitar will want this sprightly collaboration.

01. Dearly Beloved (3:25)
02. Monsieur Armand (4:25)
03. Poor Butterfly (3:49)
04. Make Someone Happy (8:37)
05. Early Autumn (4:40)
06. Hello (3:35)
07. Blueberry Hill (3:09)
08. I’m a Lover (5:16)
09. Brigitte (5:46)

Herb Ellis – guitar
Barney Kessel – guitar
Monty Budwig – bass
Jake Hanna – drums

Produced by Carl Jefferson
Production coordination by Kathleen Vance
Art direction by Kent Judkins
Engineered by Phil Edwards
Mastering by Tamaki Beck and George Horn
Photography by Keith Silva and Woody Woodward
Liner notes by Maggie Hawthorn and Tadashi Narita

1977, 1995 Concord Jazz, Inc.

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