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Good Pickin's


Download links and information about Good Pickin's by Howard Roberts. This album was released in 1959 and it belongs to Jazz, Bop, Smooth Jazz genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 43:08 minutes.

Artist: Howard Roberts
Release date: 1959
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Smooth Jazz
Tracks: 10
Duration: 43:08
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No. Title Length
1. Will You Still Be Mine 4:21
2. When the Sun Comes Out 4:15
3. All the Things You Are 2:42
4. Lover Man 4:27
5. Relaxin' At Camarillo 5:46
6. Godchild 4:46
7. Easy Living 4:06
8. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 2:42
9. The More I See You 4:13
10. Terpsichore 5:50



Issued in 1959, Howard Roberts' Good Pickin's was his second album for Verve as a leader. It is as straight-up a blowing date as you're likely to find, though it has wonderful harmonic invention thanks to the two arrangers on the date — Bill Holman, who also plays tenor, and Marty Paich. The rest of the date is rounded out by pianist Pete Jolly, bassist Red Mitchell, and drummer Stan Levey. The tunes range from standards like "All the Things You Are" and "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" to straight-up bebop in Charlie Parker's "Relaxin' at Camarillo" and George Wallington's "Godchild." The lone original on the set, which closes the album, is Roberts' "Terpsichore." It is also the longest on the platter. It's a slow blues that's unimaginative but allows everyone in the band to blow. The tenor/guitar heads on these tunes work well thanks to tight, colorful arrangements that accent the sharpness in the chosen songs. The straight-up soloing works because it is reined in tightly, keeping the melodic invention at the forefront. This is a solid date and should be checked out by anyone interested in jazz guitar.