Herb Ellis

Live [DVD]

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There are only about 38 minutes of performance on Live, a DVD featuring seven titles by Herb Ellis on guitar, accompanied by Dave Maslow on bass, but it is the expected fine playing by the veteran from the Oscar Peterson Trio, Casa Loma Orchestra, and so many other legendary ensembles that makes this DVD a keeper. Recorded live in February of 1986 at the Triangle Bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota it looks like a pretty good Public Access TV presentation -- though the long shot is definitely a bit blurry -- make that annoyingly out of focus! However on a sonic level the material sounds good and the maestro effortlessly lets the notes pour out. Ellis and Maslow perform "Days of Wine and Roses," "Here's That Rainy Day," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and other familiar tunes in their brief set. It's very entertaining work and if you're not in the mood for watching this instrumental DVD, it works very well as background music. There's a four-page biography, a ten-and-a-half minute interview, a photo of Ellis' Gibson guitar, and a three-page discography. It's short and sweet but as there are less than a handful of DVDs available from Ellis it is a most welcome addition to the collection -- even with the fuzzy frames.

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