Dave Ellis: In The Long Run
"The Waterbearer," written by Mingus Amungus pianist Muziki Roberson, is one of the most interesting pieces of the session, with Chimenti’s electric piano and Ellis’ soprano saxophone intertwining over a moderate tempo and dramatic scenery. "Monk’s Dream" is playful and quirky with features by Wehner and Ellis. Eric Reed’s "Evil Deals" – the title is an anagram of Dave Ellis – swings out with an easy carefree feeling. Both the tenor saxophonist and pianist create spontaneous work that never loses sight of the swing element. Joe Henderson’s ballad "Black Narcissus" features both the leader and pianist Reed in lush melodic territory. It’s an interesting sophomore session with promises of more to come from this young lion. Recommended.
Track Listing: Ced & Dunn*; You
Personnel: Dave Ellis- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone on "Meltdown" and "The Waterbearer;" Eric Reed- piano+; Robert Hurst- bass+; Albert "Tootie" Heath- drums+; Jeff Chimenti- piano & electric piano*; Peter Barshay- bass*; Deszon Claiborne- drums*; Marty Wehner- trombone on "Pillars" and "Monk
Record Label: Monarch Records