Jazz Guitar Mastery
Douglas T Martin | Alpharetta, GA USA | 02/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Seven Come Eleven" was recorded at the Concord Summer Festival right after the recording of "Jazz/Concord". Guitarist Herb Ellis and longtime collaborators Ray Brown (bass) and Jake Hanna (drums) are joined by Joe Pass, more famous for his solo guitar excursions. This recording captures four great musicians, all playing at their peaks, just jamming and having a good time. The set opens with a swinging version of Ellington's "In a Mellow Tone" called out by Ellis to the band before they play. Between songs Ray Brown says he wants to play something fast; Ellis barks "Seven Come Eleven - right now!", and the race is on - Ellis and Pass' solo duets/duals bring loud responses from the crowd numerous times. With some occasional off-mic comments between the bandmembers and some question about the upcoming songs (did they even plan a set list?) this recording has all the fun and looseness of a live gig in a small club. No jazz guitar collection is complete without it."