Half Notes: The Howard Roberts Quartet – H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player (1963)

Back when I was taking guitar lessons, my teacher turned me on to a whole pile of players like Jim Hall (my teacher was so into Hall that he actually attended a taping of the Merv Griffin just because Hall was in Griffin’s band), Gene Bertoncini and Howard Roberts. I’ve still got the tape made from my teacher’s record, but since I can’t play the tape on anything anymore, this album had to come home. Great guitar trio + organ music.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he writes several weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
  • http://www.smsjazz.com mort weiss

    I knew howard and most of the cats that he worked/played with. A very nice and a aproachable guy. i was hanging with him and some others during a conversation about starting the G. I. oh yeahhh! MORT WEISS