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Don Ellis: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A very interesting character, trumpeter and bandleader Don Ellis is probably best known for the big bands he led in the late '60s, which served as a vehicle for his experiments with electronics and unusual time signatures. Albums such as Electric Bath and Live in 3 2/3/4 Time are brimming with the excitement of an era ...

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Don Ellis: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Jim Santella

Originally released in 1962 on Pacific Jazz as P-55, this reissue has been a long time coming. It reveals the kernel of Don Ellis that later blossomed into a broad-based big bandleader who straddled the fence between mainstream jazz and free jazz. His intellectually complex compositions have always knocked the socks off listeners and performers alike.

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Don Ellis: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Michael McCaw

Essence is a gem of an album that warranted reissue long before now. Originally pressed for Pacific in 1962, it's firmly rooted in a lot of the sounds developed during the sixties--one foot steeped in the tradition and the other lunging towards new ideas. And like the best music, it retains its excitement some forty years ...

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Tim Lyddon: Shades of People

Read "Shades of People" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Comparisons to Keith Jarrett are certainly not out of order for pianist Tim Lyddon. Comparison to Bill Evans even withstands muster. However, Mr. Lyddon, while introspective in his playing, is not that introspective. The pianist’s previous recording, I’ve Traveled So Far , was well-received in these pages, and with very good reason. Mr. Lyddon is the ...

Tim Lyddon: I've Traveled So Far

Read "I've Traveled So Far" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

What's not to like...

With an engaging light-as-a-feather, block-chord touch, pianist Tim Lyddon spins out eight original and two standard compositions, all impeccably performed in the piano trio format.. A California-born current New Yorker, Lyddon employs his original compositions to express the art of the trio. He is not a blues player (at least on this ...

Tim Lyddon: I've Traveled So Far

Read "I've Traveled So Far" reviewed by Stephen Koch

Pianist Tim Lyddon uses a trio setting on this set of ten songs and creates music that is demanding and inspired. Ably backed by bass and drums he spreads the tunes around on another and back again.

Eight songs are originals by Tim with the other two being standards. “Theme For a Lost Real" allows all ...

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The Essence All-Stars: Bongo Bop

Read "Bongo Bop" reviewed by Douglas Payne

A good organ summit that could have been great, Bongo Bop more or less unites B-3 legends Lonnie Smith and Reuben Wilson with wunderkind Joey DeFrancesco and a Hammond player unknown to me by the name of Doug Carn (one wonders who forgot to call John Patton). The disc is something of a follow-up to last ...

The Essence All Stars: Jackie's Blues Bag

Read "Jackie's Blues Bag" reviewed by Jim Santella

Known for his unique tone and hard bop character, Jackie McLean, like Charlie Parker before him, incorporated the blues into his music. Using different ensemble lineups for each tune, saxophonists Justin Robinson, Branford Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Craig Handy, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring, Javon Jackson and Abraham Burton team with a rhythm section of pianist LaMont Johnson, ...