1957 Howard Roberts – Mr. Roberts Plays Guitar

Mr. Roberts Plays Guitar is an album by Howard Roberts, released in 1957.

Howard Roberts (October 2, 1929 – June 28, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist, educator, and session musician.

Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and began playing guitar at the age of 8. By the time he was 15 he was playing professionally locally.

In 1950, he moved to Los Angeles, California. With the assistance of Jack Marshall, he began working with musicians, arrangers and songwriters including Neal Hefti, Henry Mancini, Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton, George Van Eps, and Barney Kessel. Around 1956, Bobby Troup signed him to Verve Records as a solo artist. At that time he decided to concentrate on recording, both as a solo artist and a Wrecking Crew session musician, a direction he would continue until the early 1970s.

Roberts played rhythm and lead guitar, bass guitar, and mandolin. He was known for his heavy use of the Gibson L-5 guitar in the studio and for television and movie projects, including lead guitar on the theme from The Twilight Zone as well as acoustic and electric guitar on I Love Lucy, The Munsters, Bonanza, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, Green Acres, Get Smart, Batman, Beverly Hillbillies, Andy Griffith, Peter Gunn, Lost in Space, Dragnet, Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, The Odd Couple, Dick Van Dyke, I Dream of Jeannie, and the theme for the film Bullitt.

Tracks

1  Seranata Burlesca (Jack Marshall) 3:06
2  I Hear a Rhapsody (George Fragos, Jack Baker, Dick Gasparre) 4:33
3  The Innocents (Jack Montrose) 4:40
4  Ah-Moore (Al Cohn) 2:38
5  (Back Home In) Indiana (James Hanley, Ballard MacDonald) 4:23
6  Indian Summer (Victor Herbert) 2:25
7  Jillzie (Howard Roberts) 7:12
8  My Shining Hour (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) 2:16
9   Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Burke) 3:41
10  An Orchid for Miss Sterling (Hugo Friedhoffer) 3:23

Media

Musicians

1 Seranata Burlesca

BassRed Mitchell
DrumsAlvin Stoller
GuitarHoward Roberts
PianoMarty Paich
TromboneBob Enevoldsen


2 I Hear a Rhapsody

BassJules Bertaux
DrumsBobby White
GuitarHoward Roberts
SaxBob Cooper


3 The Innocents

BassJules Bertaux
DrumsAlvin Stoller
GuitarHoward Roberts
PianoMarty Paich
ReedsBob Cooper
ReedsDon Davidson
ReedsHarry Klee
ReedsHerb Geller
TromboneBob Enevoldsen


4 Ah-Moore

BassRed Mitchell
DrumsAlvin Stoller
GuitarHoward Roberts
PianoMarty Paich
TromboneBob Enevoldsen


5 (Back Home In) Indiana

BassJules Bertaux
DrumsBobby White
GuitarHoward Roberts
SaxBob Cooper


6 Indian Summer

BassRed Mitchell
DrumsAlvin Stoller
GuitarHoward Roberts
PianoMarty Paich
TromboneBob Enevoldsen


7 Jillzie

DrumsBobby White
GuitarHoward Roberts
SaxBob Cooper


8 My Shining Hour

BassJules Bertaux
DrumsAlvin Stoller
GuitarHoward Roberts
PianoMarty Paich
ReedsBob Cooper
ReedsDon Davidson
ReedsHarry Klee
ReedsHerb Geller
TromboneBob Enevoldsen


9 Polka Dots and Moonbeams

BassJules Bertaux
DrumsBobby White
GuitarHoward Roberts
SaxBob Cooper


10 An Orchid for Miss Sterling

BassRed Mitchell
DrumsAlvin Stoller
GuitarHoward Roberts
PianoMarty Paich
TromboneBob Enevoldsen

Liner Notes

Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, October 22, 1956 (Tracks 1, 4, 6, 10)
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, November 9, 1956 (Tracks 3, 8)
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, January 17, 1957 (Tracks 2, 5, 7, 9)