Essence

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The rarest of all Don Ellis sessions, Essence matches the trumpeter with pianist Paul Bley, bassist Gary Peacock, and either Nick Martinis or Gene Stone on drums. Ellis, who sought during this period to transfer ideas and concepts from modern classical music into adventurous jazz, often experimented with time, tempos and the use of space while still swinging. His renditions of Billy Strayhorn's "Johnny Come Lately," "Angel Eyes" and "Lover" are quite fresh, he contributes four interesting originals and introduces Carla Bley's "Wrong Key Donkey" here simply called "Donkey". This is thought-provoking music that was certainly way overdue to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
The rarest of all Don Ellis sessions, Essence matches the trumpeter with pianist Paul Bley, bassist Gary Peacock, and either Nick Martinis or Gene Stone on drums. Ellis, who sought during this period to transfer ideas and concepts from modern classical music into adventurous jazz, often experimented with time, tempos and the use of space while still swinging. His renditions of Billy Strayhorn's "Johnny Come Lately," "Angel Eyes" and "Lover" are quite fresh, he contributes four interesting originals and introduces Carla Bley's "Wrong Key Donkey" here simply called "Donkey". This is thought-provoking music that was certainly way overdue to be reissued.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Mighty Quinn
  • UPC: 094633174122
  • Catalog Number: 1101
  • Sales rank: 176,144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Johnny Come Lately (4:57)
  2. 2 Slow Space (4:36)
  3. 3 Ostinato (7:35)
  4. 4 Donkey (4:39)
  5. 5 Form (10:15)
  6. 6 Angel Eyes (4:26)
  7. 7 Irony (5:16)
  8. 8 Lover (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Ellis Primary Artist, Trumpet
Paul Bley Piano
Gary Peacock Bass
Nick Martinis Drums
Gene Stone Drums
Technical Credits
Carla Bley Composer
Don Ellis Composer, Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Richard Bock Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Composer
Mantis Evar Remastering
David Angilello Art Direction
Jerry Roche Reissue Producer
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