The HR Project (Originals)
A Tribute to Howard Roberts
Jay Roberts has completed a major project concerning the legacy of his father
Howard Roberts. The website for this project is found at:
The Howard Roberts Project
This is a significant development for all those who have enjoyed and been inspired by H.R.'s music and teachings. Thank-you Jay!
Howard Roberts with Ann Margaret performing during a screen test
for the movie State Fair -
Life Magazine January 27, 1961 (thanks to Ron Benson for this).
You can see
films from this event at the following links.
Howard Roberts was a great guitarist and musician. He played in almost any
style of music but he was primarily a jazz guitarist. Without a doubt he
is my favourite guitar player and I believe one of the most
innovative jazz guitar players ever. He was one of the
few jazz players (guitarists or otherwise) who managed to constantly create
solos at least as interesting as the melody of the song being played.
In my opinion there aren't many who have this talent. Howard Roberts
also played with a strong and interesting rhythmic sense and his
choice of comping chords is without equal; i.e. he was interesting
to listen to even when he was not the featured soloist. Unfortunately
he died a few years ago and I never got to hear him play live.
The site is a tribute to a great musician and guitarist. I've spent many
hours listening to and learning from Howard Roberts. I hope others
interested in learning more about a remarkable musician
will find this a useful resource.
The site is organized to provide information on all aspects of Howard Roberts'
career in music.
Under News you will find a list of updates to the site together with
any news concerning relevant musical events.
Articles contains his official biography and references to
other sources of information about Howard Roberts.
in the process of compiling a discography for Howard Roberts and
Discography provides detailed lists of everything I have
acquired or at least know about.
Education is concerned with Howard Roberts' many contributions
to music education and includes audio excerpts (in Real Audio format)
of a lecture he gave in 1984. Equipment gives some information about
the guitars and amplifiers he designed and used. Influences
is an attempt to document some of the individuals and some of
the music that influenced Howard Roberts.
Influenced gives information about some notable guitarists
who are strongly linked to Howard Roberts.
Interviews leads to some recorded
interviews (in Real Audio format) that H.R. participated in during the 60's.
Material to be Acquired provides a list of material that I
am looking for.
Of course there was his guitar playing and
Music leads to a number of samples (in Real Audio format) of this.
I've tried to choose representative samples that span his career.
Photos presents a number of interesting pictures of H.R.
Transcriptions provides resources for transcriptions
of H.R.'s playing.
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