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Howard Roberts Quartet ‎– H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player (full album)
Howard Roberts Quartet ‎– H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player (full album)
Published: 2015/06/23
Channel: GEORGE TSAPAKIDES
Howard Roberts - The Real Howard Roberts (1977).
Howard Roberts - The Real Howard Roberts (1977).
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: Jazz
Howard Roberts LIVE Serenata
Howard Roberts LIVE Serenata
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
The Howard Roberts Quartet - Whatever
The Howard Roberts Quartet - Whatever's fair (1966) Full vinyl LP
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: Dr. Hofmann's Electric Kool-Aid Party!
Howard Roberts (Rare Footage Of A True Legend) - Star Eyes
Howard Roberts (Rare Footage Of A True Legend) - Star Eyes
Published: 2009/07/31
Channel: Roberts Music Institute
Howard Roberts Masquerade Live
Howard Roberts Masquerade Live
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Howard Roberts LIVE Apache Nightmare
Howard Roberts LIVE Apache Nightmare
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Howard Roberts TALKS about GIT and music
Howard Roberts TALKS about GIT and music
Published: 2015/02/07
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Color Him Funky
Color Him Funky
Published: 2015/11/28
Channel: Howard Roberts Quartet - Topic
Howard Roberts Have a Camel Blues  ( Bags Groove Milt Jackson )Live
Howard Roberts Have a Camel Blues ( Bags Groove Milt Jackson )Live
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Howard Roberts - More Today Than Yesterday
Howard Roberts - More Today Than Yesterday
Published: 2009/02/19
Channel: marduk1420
Howard Roberts - Misty
Howard Roberts - Misty
Published: 2011/03/21
Channel: poyete
Howard Roberts - Roadway
Howard Roberts - Roadway
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Jason Brewer
Howard Roberts - Girl Talk
Howard Roberts - Girl Talk
Published: 2009/10/10
Channel: LittleMissLounge
Days Of Wine And Roses - Howard Roberts
Days Of Wine And Roses - Howard Roberts
Published: 2011/08/27
Channel: knuckletc
Howard Roberts Angel Eyes Live
Howard Roberts Angel Eyes Live
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Supercharge Your Chops - #3 Howard Roberts - Guitar Lesson - Brad Carlton
Supercharge Your Chops - #3 Howard Roberts - Guitar Lesson - Brad Carlton
Published: 2011/05/25
Channel: TrueFire
Howard Roberts - Triste
Howard Roberts - Triste
Published: 2010/01/15
Channel: LittleMissLounge
The Howard Roberts Quartet - Soft Winds (1967)
The Howard Roberts Quartet - Soft Winds (1967)
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: Easy Sounds
Wave - Howard Roberts - 1960
Wave - Howard Roberts - 1960's
Published: 2013/01/08
Channel: maynardcat
Pat Martino Howard Roberts GIT 1980 #1
Pat Martino Howard Roberts GIT 1980 #1
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Joe Louis
Real Howard Roberts Dolphin Dance
Real Howard Roberts Dolphin Dance
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel:  Ja To
Jazz Chordal Lick in the Style of Howard Roberts - Jazz Guitar Lesson
Jazz Chordal Lick in the Style of Howard Roberts - Jazz Guitar Lesson
Published: 2014/07/28
Channel: Guitar Control
Satin Doll
Satin Doll
Published: 2015/06/06
Channel: Howard Roberts Quartet - Topic
Vintage Guitar Oldenburg presents a Gibson Howard Roberts from 1978
Vintage Guitar Oldenburg presents a Gibson Howard Roberts from 1978
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: Vintage Guitar Oldenburg
When Lights Are Low - Howard Roberts
When Lights Are Low - Howard Roberts
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: Fred Mello
Howard Roberts Minneapolis 1970s #1
Howard Roberts Minneapolis 1970s #1
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: Joe Louis
Serenata - Howard Roberts
Serenata - Howard Roberts
Published: 2016/03/30
Channel: jazzwithbite
Angel Eyes - Howard Roberts
Angel Eyes - Howard Roberts
Published: 2016/03/30
Channel: jazzwithbite
Howard Roberts Chord Progression
Howard Roberts Chord Progression
Published: 2011/03/09
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Howard Roberts - Sweet September (1966)
Howard Roberts - Sweet September (1966)
Published: 2011/05/09
Channel: kmsl1240
Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Howard Roberts (Transcription)
Polka Dots and Moonbeams - Howard Roberts (Transcription)
Published: 2016/01/12
Channel: François Leduc
Epiphone Howard Roberts Review and Demo
Epiphone Howard Roberts Review and Demo
Published: 2012/10/24
Channel: iiWNMii
Fly Me To The Moon By Howard Roberts
Fly Me To The Moon By Howard Roberts
Published: 2009/09/12
Channel: texpaco
The Howard Roberts Quartet ‎-  Spooky
The Howard Roberts Quartet ‎- Spooky
Published: 2012/04/20
Channel: patrickoldies
Howard Roberts
Howard Roberts
Published: 2013/05/02
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Howard Roberts Autumn Leaves
Howard Roberts Autumn Leaves
Published: 2017/11/10
Channel: Derek Reinhardt
Howard Roberts and Jerome Stocco LIVE This Masquerade
Howard Roberts and Jerome Stocco LIVE This Masquerade
Published: 2015/02/02
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
Mr. Lucky By Howard Roberts
Mr. Lucky By Howard Roberts
Published: 2010/06/18
Channel: texpaco
Howard Roberts - All Blues
Howard Roberts - All Blues
Published: 2011/04/18
Channel: Nahuel Rusch
Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III \ Tea For Two
Gibson Howard Roberts Fusion III \ Tea For Two
Published: 2013/06/12
Channel: Evgeny Lutsenko
Howard Roberts - Dark Ominous Clouds (1971)
Howard Roberts - Dark Ominous Clouds (1971)
Published: 2017/04/03
Channel: Easy Sounds
Parking Lot Blues - Howard Roberts
Parking Lot Blues - Howard Roberts
Published: 2016/03/30
Channel: jazzwithbite
Howard Roberts - Parking lot blues
Howard Roberts - Parking lot blues
Published: 2011/04/13
Channel: Nahuel Rusch
Jazz on Electra X510 Concert Pro Howard Roberts Guitar
Jazz on Electra X510 Concert Pro Howard Roberts Guitar
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: slobomitic
Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife by Howard Roberts with Chorus and Orchestra
Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife by Howard Roberts with Chorus and Orchestra
Published: 2011/01/22
Channel: edgycorners
Howard Roberts at an Ann Margret Screen Test
Howard Roberts at an Ann Margret Screen Test
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: SIRONEDRAGON
1996 Gibson "Howard Roberts", Part1
1996 Gibson "Howard Roberts", Part1
Published: 2016/06/07
Channel: GregsGuitars
Howard Roberts Reiber Houde-Everybodys Talkin
Howard Roberts Reiber Houde-Everybodys Talkin'
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: MrDjango1953
The Howard Roberts Quartet - Sweet September (1966)
The Howard Roberts Quartet - Sweet September (1966)
Published: 2017/08/17
Channel: Easy Sounds
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Howard Roberts
Birth name Howard Mancel Roberts
Born (1929-10-02)October 2, 1929
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Died June 28, 1992(1992-06-28) (aged 62)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Genres Jazz, rock, country
Occupation(s) Session musician, educator
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1950s–1992
Associated acts Bobby Troup, Chico Hamilton, The Wrecking Crew

Howard Roberts (October 2, 1929 – June 28, 1992) was an American jazz guitarist, educator, and session musician.[1]

Biography[edit]

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.[2][2]

In 1950, he moved to Los Angeles, California.[2] 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 'Wrecking Crew' session musician, a direction he would continue until the early 1970s.

Roberts played rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, 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, Johnny Quest, Gidget, Mannix, 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.

Artists Roberts backed include Georgie Auld, Peggy Lee (on "Fever", although there famously is no guitar on the song), Eddie Cochran ("Sittin' in the Balcony"), Jody Reynolds ("Endless Sleep"), Shelley Fabares ("Johnny Angel"), Dean Martin ("Houston"), the Monkees, Roy Clark, Chet Atkins, and the Electric Prunes.

In 1961, Roberts designed a signature guitar which was originally produced by Epiphone. The guitar was a modified Gibson ES-175 (Epiphone is owned by Gibson and during this period Epiphone guitars were manufactured in the same factory as Gibson guitars in Kalamazoo, Michigan), with a round sound hole and a single pickup. A redesigned version was later produced by Gibson.[3] The Howard Roberts signature was borne by two other models made by Gibson: the Howard Roberts Custom and the Howard Roberts Fusion III.[4]

In 1963, Roberts recorded Color Him Funky and H.R. Is A Dirty Guitar Player, his first two albums after signing with Capitol. Produced by Jack Marshall, they both feature the same quartet with Roberts (guitar), Chuck Berghofer (bass), Earl Palmer (drums) and Paul Bryant alternating with Burkley Kendrix on organ. Both albums were released on a single CD under the title Dirty & Funky on Randy Bachman's label Guitarchives in 1997.[5] In all, he recorded ten albums with Capitol before signing with ABC Records/Impulse! Records.

As a member of 'The Wrecking Crew', Roberts was a part of Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound', playing guitar on some of the most famous songs in pop music history.

From the late 1960s, Roberts began to focus on teaching rather than recording. He traveled around the country giving guitar seminars, and wrote several instructional books. For some years he also wrote an acclaimed column called "Jazz Improvisation" for Guitar Player magazine. Roberts developed accelerated learning concepts and techniques, which led to the founding of Playback Music Publishing and the Guitar Institute of Technology. As a co-founder of GIT, now known as the Musicians Institute, Roberts' philosophy remains an integral part of the curriculum.

Roberts died of prostate cancer in Seattle, Washington, on June 28, 1992. His wife Patty, also active in musical education, continued in this field after his death.[6]

Howard inspired the opening of Roberts Music Institute in Seattle, Washington, which is currently owned by his son, Jay Roberts.

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Mr. Roberts Plays Guitar (1956/1957) Norgran MGN-1106; Verve MGV-8192 [reissued on Verve UMV-2673 (Japanese import) in 1981; CD reissue: Fresh Sound 478 in 2008] (note: included on this CD are 5 bonus tracks from a January 1957 session for Intro Records featuring Red Norvo, Gerald Wiggins, Howard Roberts, Ben Tucker, and Joe Morello; this material was originally released as part of 'Collections' (Intro LP-608) along with 5 tracks recorded by Art Pepper)
  • Good Pickin's (1959) Verve MGV-8305 [CD reissue: Verve B0005931-02 in 2006]
  • Velvet Groove (1966) Verve MGV-8662 -compilation of 1956/1957/1959 material
  • The Movin' Man (1966) Verve/MGM VSP-29 -compilation of 1957/1959 material
  • This Is Howard Roberts...Color Him Funky (1963) Capitol ST-1887 [CD reissue: Guitarchives 40016 in 1997; Euphoria Jazz 190 in 2002]
  • H. R. Is a Dirty Guitar Player (1963) Capitol ST-1961 [reissued on Pausa PR-9056 in 1986; CD reissue: Guitarchives 40016 in 1997; Euphoria Jazz 190 in 2002]
  • Something's Cookin' (1965) Capitol ST-2214 [CD reissue: Euphoria Jazz 184 in 2001]
  • Goodies (1965) Capitol ST-2400 [CD reissue: Euphoria Jazz 184 in 2001]
  • Whatever's Fair! (1966) Capitol ST-2478 [CD reissue: Euphoria Jazz 185 in 2001]
  • All-Time Great Instrumental Hits (1966) Capitol ST-2609 [CD reissue: Euphoria Jazz 185 in 2001]
  • Jaunty-Jolly! (1967) Capitol ST-2716 [CD reissue: Euphoria Jazz 186 in 2001]
  • Guilty!! (1967) Capitol ST-2824 [CD reissue: Euphoria Jazz 186 in 2001]
  • Out of Sight (But 'in' Sound) (1968) Capitol ST-2901
  • Spinning Wheel (1970) Capitol ST-336 [CD reissue: Vivid 4540399056340 issued as a Limited Edition "Mini-LP Sleeve Design" (Japanese import) in 2015]
  • Antelope Freeway (1971) Impulse! AS-9207 [CD reissue: Impulse-UMe 602527809557 in 2011]
  • Equinox Express Elevator (1972 [rel. 1975]) Impulse! AS-9299 [CD reissue: Impulse-UMe 602527809557 in 2011]
  • Sounds (1974) Capitol ST-11247
  • The Real Howard Roberts (1977) Concord Jazz CJ-53 [CD reissue: Concord CCD-4053 in 1994]
  • Turning to Spring (1979) Discovery DS-812
  • The Magic Band: Live at Donte's [rec. July 1968] (1995) V.S.O.P. 94
  • The Magic Band II [rec. May 1968] (1998) V.S.O.P. 102

As sideman[edit]

With David Axelrod

With June Christy

With Buddy Collette

With Chico Hamilton

With Milt Jackson

With Plas Johnson

With Hank Jones

With John Klemmer

With Charles Kynard

With Peggy Lee

With Herbie Mann

With Thelonious Monk

With Shorty Rogers

With Pete Rugolo

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

With Gábor Szabó

With Bobby Troup

  • Bobby Troup (Capitol, 1953)

With Larry Williams

Bibliography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Howard Roberts Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Sallis, James. "Middle Ground: Herb Ellis, Howard Roberts, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, Tal Farlow." Jazz Guitars: An Anthology. First ed. New York: Quill, 1984. 197-207. Print.
  3. ^ Marshall, Wolf, The Howard Roberts Guitar Sound, retrieved 2012-06-14 
  4. ^ The Unique Guitar Blog, The Howard Roberts Guitars, retrieved 2012-06-14 
  5. ^ "The Howard Roberts Quartet". Guitarchives. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Voce, Steve (2 July 1992). "Obituary: Howard Roberts". The Independent. 
  7. ^ Larry Williams: Bad Boy The Legends of Specialty Records, Speciality Records 1989, liner notes

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