Wilton been blowin since the days of the Crusaders. All of them are super stars. This joint is jazzy and smooth.
Don Ellis' final record as a leader (he passed away from a bad heart in Dec. 1978) is a worthwhile effort. Ellis' large orchestra (four reeds, eight brass, one keyboard, two bassists, two drummers, two percussionists and a string quartet) performs six of the leader's originals and, although none of the songs are all that memorable, there are many fine solos. The main players are trumpeter Ellis, Ted Nash on tenor, alto and clarient and trombonist Alan Kaplan.
One of future legend Lalo Schifrin's first Hollywood film scores, now with crisp digital sound! The soundtrack to this taut gambling drama starring Steve McQueen begins with the title song sung by Ray Charles; this reissue has cues released on record for the first time and cues extended from the film versions. An exciting release for film-score collectors and Schifrin admirers!
Zoltán Lantos is a virtuoso violinist who combines together Indian music, classical, and jazz in his performances. He blends in well with the reeds of Mihaly Dresch on the complex originals of Tiptoe Ceremony, most of which are played by a quartet with percussionist Kornel Horvath and Gabor Juhasz on guitar or oud. Three songs add the tabla of Peter Szalal and two have the eerie vocalizing of Gabor Winand. Fans of Shakti will find this music to be in a similar vein although Lantos' group has its own identity. It grows in interest with each listen.