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Don Ellis: Live at Montreux

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Don Ellis: Live at Montreux

Living and Dying in 7/8 time...

Don Ellis no more gave a damn about the status quo in Jazz than the man in the moon did. He was not so much an iconoclast as a creative, happy-go-lucky creator of interesting music who was not so much out to make a point as to try something new and different and maybe make some descent music at the same time. Koch Jazz and re-released Ellis’ last recording, Live at Montreux, in an expanded edition, including three pieces previously unreleased. Ellis was to die a year later in December 1978 of a failing heart.

Ellis employed a very large orchestra (four reeds, eight brass, one keyboard, two bassists, two drummers, two percussionists, and a string quartet) to perform six of his original compositions that serve as fine vehicles for a series of excellent solos. The main players are trumpeter Ellis, multireedist Ted Nash, and trombonist Alan Kaplan. A great snapshot of edgy ‘70s jazz.


Track Listing: Open Wide; Loneliness; Future Feature; Go-No-Go; sporting Dance; Niner Two; Lyra; Eros; Arcturus. (Total Time: 73:53).

Personnel: Don Ellis

Title: Live at Montreux | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: KOCH International Jazz


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