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John Ellis: One Foot in the Swamp

Read "One Foot in the Swamp" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Reedman John Ellis has distinguished himself in recent years as a sideman and collaborator in the renowned Charlie Hunter Trio. One Foot in the Swamp, released on the New York indie jazz label Hyena, marks his third as bandleader--though his two previous albums received only limited distribution, meaning that this may seem like a remarkably confident ...

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John Ellis: One Foot in the Swamp

Read "One Foot in the Swamp" reviewed by Joel Roberts

If, as the title of his new album suggests, saxophonist John Ellis has one foot in the swamp--meaning the Southern-fried funk of New Orleans, where he spent his formative musical years and recorded his new disc--his other foot is firmly planted in the more adventurous modern jazz scene of his current base here in New York. ...

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John Ellis: One Foot in the Swamp

Read "One Foot in the Swamp" reviewed by John Kelman

Coming from a member of eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter's various bands for the past few years, reedman John Ellis' first release to receive national exposure might be something you'd expect to be filled with infectious grooves and catchy melodies. And, to be sure, One Foot in the Swamp has its share of both. But as much ...

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John Ellis: One Foot In the Swamp

Read "One Foot In the Swamp" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"Calmette Shawarma" (track 10 on this release) is one of those rare jazz compositions that is beautifully tethered to nothing and makes perfect sense when you hear it. It begins with a “standard" jazz head that is complex in the way Jazz Messengers heads were in the '50s and '60s when Wayne Shorter was redefining the ...