Shock Treatment

Shock Treatment

by Don Ellis
     
 
Don Ellis was such a talented trumpeter, composer, and organizer that everything he recorded as a leader has at least some unusual moments worth exploring. His big bands were characterized by big brassy arrangements, odd meters that somehow always swung, lots of trumpet solos by Ellis, and an often visceral excitement. Although not equal to his best records such as

Overview

Don Ellis was such a talented trumpeter, composer, and organizer that everything he recorded as a leader has at least some unusual moments worth exploring. His big bands were characterized by big brassy arrangements, odd meters that somehow always swung, lots of trumpet solos by Ellis, and an often visceral excitement. Although not equal to his best records such as Electric Bath, this late recording of Ellis' band is filled with all these traits, and thus exudes lots of excitement and electricity. At this stage in his career, the trumpeter seemed to be searching for a breakthrough, perhaps on a popular level. This manifests itself with occasional Age of Aquarius vocals and spacy harmonies that appeal to a broad audience. Even the more commercial tracks delight with unconventional characteristics, despite their somewhat compromising nature. There is plenty of the "old" Ellis in full view, however, as the band rocks with its well-known and only half in jest "Beat Me Daddy, Seven to the Bar." Ellis was an emotionally powerful and technically proficient player, something that is sometimes overlooked; his feature on "I Remember Clifford" is a minor tour de force. The trumpeter wrote regularly for his band, but also attracted some outstanding composers, such as Hank Levy and Howlett Smith. While the soloists (other than Ellis, of course) were not always of the caliber of some of the competition, they were at a somewhat disadvantage in that they had to learn to play in strange time signatures -- not an easy task.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2001
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923859024
catalogNumber:
8590
Rank:
80541

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Performance Credits

Don Ellis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Ira Schulman   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Bohannon   Drums
Frank DeLaRosa   Bass
Vince Diaz   Trombone
Alan Estes   Percussion,Timbales
Bob Harmon   Trumpet
Ralph Humphrey   Percussion,Timbales,Vibes
Michael Lang   Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes
Michael Lange   Piano,Electric Piano
Ruben Leon   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
John Magruder   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Ron Myers   Trombone
Ray Neapolitan   Bass,Sitar
Dave Parlato   Bass
Joe Porcaro   Percussion
Joe Roccisano   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
David Sanchez   Trombone
Ron Starr   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mark Stevens   Percussion
Mark Cass Stevens   Percussion,Timbales,Vibes
Glenn Stuart   Trumpet
Carlos "Patato" Valdes   Bongos,Conga
Chino Valdes   Bongos,Conga
Edward Warren   Trumpet
Alan Weight   Trumpet
Terry Woodson   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Joe Lopes   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ed Warren   Trumpet
David Sanchez   Trombone
Don Ellis Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

John Hammond   Producer
Brian Ross-Myring   Engineer
Donald Elfman   Reissue Producer

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