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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923859024
  • Catalog Number: 8590
  • Sales rank: 96,661

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A New Kind of Country - Don Ellis Orchestra (4:15)
  2. 2 Night City - Don Ellis Orchestra (3:00)
  3. 3 Homecoming - Don Ellis Orchestra (3:06)
  4. 4 Mercy Maybe Mercy - Don Ellis Orchestra (3:24)
  5. 5 Zim - Don Ellis Orchestra (4:03)
  6. 6 Opus - Don Ellis Orchestra (9:23)
  7. 7 Star Children - Don Ellis Orchestra (3:25)
  8. 8 Beat Me Daddy, Seven to the Bar - Don Ellis Orchestra (6:16)
  9. 9 Milo's Theme - Don Ellis Orchestra (4:28)
  10. 10 Seven Up - Don Ellis Orchestra (4:03)
  11. 11 The Tihai - Don Ellis Orchestra (8:48)
  12. 12 Zim - Don Ellis Orchestra (4:04)
  13. 13 I Remember Clifford - Don Ellis Orchestra (5:29)
  14. 14 Rasty - Don Ellis Orchestra (2:52)
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Album Credits

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
Rosalind Ilett Remastering
Brian Ross-Myring Engineer
Donald Elfman Reissue Producer
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