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Howard Roberts Chorale – Let My People Go (1968/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Howard Roberts Chorale – Let My People Go (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 27:33 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download  | Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Although vocal arranger Howard Roberts (not the guitarist) made some nice funky records in his time, this is a fairly traditional batch of spirituals, augmented by African production, and packaged in a style that’s designed to appeal to the white liberal – even though the conception of the project is fairly authentic. Roberts himself plays tenor on the session, and the overall sound is sort of a mix between a Max Roach vocal project and one of the Art Blakey drum ensemble records. Titles include “Hold On”, “Sinner Man”, “Steal Away”, and “Let My People Go”.

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Howard Roberts – Mr. Roberts Plays Guitar (1957/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Howard Roberts – Mr. Roberts Plays Guitar (1957/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:54:24 minutes | 851 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © RevOla

Soon after he arrived in Los Angeles in 1950, Howard Roberts became one of the most in-demand jazz guitarists in the citys clubs and studios. He spent six years as a sideman before Verves Norman Granz gave him the chance to record his first album as a leader (tracks 1-10). As the notes on the album liner put it, The works he has chosen represent a startling divergence of styles and impressions, significantly all under the sensitive control of a basic musical conception, which is seriously concerned with all aesthetic expression. All the arrangements are well thought out, and the individual musicians interpretations are original without straying away from the Roberts-planned format. The last five tracks on this CD were recorded in the same period by Intro Records as part of an album entitled Collections. No written arrangements were used. Instead, there is an atmosphere of spontaneous interaction that makes these performances a delight.

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