Don Ellis

Don Ellis - Tears Of Joy (1971) [Reissue 2005]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 21, 2018
Don Ellis - Tears Of Joy (1971) [Reissue 2005]

Don Ellis - Tears Of Joy (1971) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 480 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 193 MB | Covers - 53 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Wounded Bird Records (WOU 927)

Recorded in 1971, Tears of Joy is a Don Ellis classic. The sheer musical strength of this ensemble is pretty much unparalleled in his career. The trumpeter/leader had backed off - a bit - from some of his outlandish and beautifully excessive use of strange and unconventional time signatures, though there is no lack of pioneering experimentalism in tone, color, arrangement, or style. This double LP/CD features a string quartet, a brass octet (four trumpets, tuba, bass trombone, trombone, and French horn), four winds, and a rhythm section boasting two drummers, a percussionist, a bassist, and the Bulgarian jazz piano wizard Milcho Leviev…
Milcho Leviev - Multiple Personalities: Milcho Leviev Plays The Music Of Don Ellis (2006) {Mighty Quinn MQP1109}

Milcho Leviev - Multiple Personalities: Milcho Leviev Plays The Music Of Don Ellis (2006) {Mighty Quinn MQP1109}
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© 2006 Mighty Quinn | MQP1109
Jazz / Post Bop / Piano

Trumpeter Don Ellis (1934-1978) led one of the most memorable big bands of all time; actually several of them. During 1965-1975, his orchestras blazed their own unusual path, becoming famous for their utilization of ridiculously complex time signatures (seven/four and nine/four were commonplace for those musicians), a mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments, and a crazy sense of humor. Milcho Leviev's musical career in the United States began when he emigrated from Bulgaria in 1971 to join Don Ellis' band. Leviev found the unusual time signatures to be second nature and he was featured on "Bulgarian Bulge."

Don Ellis - Don Ellis At Fillmore (1970) [Reissue 2005]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 13, 2018
Don Ellis - Don Ellis At Fillmore (1970) [Reissue 2005]

Don Ellis - Don Ellis At Fillmore (1970) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 562 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 203 MB | Covers - 42 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Wounded Bird Records (WOU 3024)

This is a crazy and consistently riotous two-disc set that features the Don Ellis Orchestra at its height. The 20-piece orchestra (with trumpeter Ellis doubling on drums along with a regular drummer and two percussionists) often used electronic devices (such as ring modulators) at the time to really distort its sound. When coupled with odd time signatures and such exuberant soloists as Ellis, trombonist Glenn Ferris, tenor saxophonist John Klemmer (showcased on the remarkable "Excursion II"), guitarist Jay Graydon, altoists Fred Selden and Lonnie Shetter, and tenor Sam Falzone, the results are quite memorable. Highlights of the date include "Final Analysis" (which contains a countless number of false endings), a bizarre rendition of "Hey Jude," and an often hilarious remake of "Pussy Wiggle Stomp." In 2005, the Wounded Bird label reissued this session on CD for the first time.

Don Ellis - Connection (1972) [Reissue 2005]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 12, 2018
Don Ellis - Connection (1972) [Reissue 2005]

Don Ellis - Connection (1972) [Reissue 2005]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 308 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 110 MB | Covers - 39 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Wounded Bird Records (WOU 1766)

Don Ellis' Connection, issued in 1972, was a brazen attempt at swinging for the chart fences. Most of the tunes selected come right from the pop vernacular of the day. They range from a barnburning read of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's theme for "Jesus Christ Superstar" and a dirty funk approach to Carole King's "I Feel the Earth Move" to a provocative and spacy cover of Procol Harum's "Conquistador" that feels like the horn chart for Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" wedded to Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" trumped by Stan Kenton in the mid-'50s. While the description may read atrociously, sonically and aesthetically the set comes off far better…

Don Ellis Orchestra - 'Live' At Monterey! (1966) [Reissue 1998]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 11, 2018
Don Ellis Orchestra - 'Live' At Monterey! (1966) [Reissue 1998]

Don Ellis Orchestra - 'Live' At Monterey! (1966) [Reissue 1998]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 406 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 152 MB | Covers - 56 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Capitol Records (72434 4 94768 2 0)

One of the most exciting new jazz big bands of the period, Ellis' ensemble became notorious for its ability to play coherently in odd time signatures. One of the four originals heard on this acclaimed outing from the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival is titled "33 222 1 222" to show how the band manages to perform in 19/4 time. The other selections are Hank Levy's "Passacaglia And Fugue," "Concerto For Trumpet" (in 5/4) and "New Nine." In addition to the time signatures, Ellis enjoyed utilizing unusual combinations of instruments; the instrumentation on this date consists of five trumpets, three trombones, five saxes, piano, three bassists, two drummers and a percussionist. Among the more notable sidemen are a young Tom Scott (who solos on alto) and tenor-saxophonist Ira Schulman.
Don Ellis - The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground (1969) [Reissue 2006]

Don Ellis - The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground (1969) [Reissue 2006]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 270 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 101 MB | Covers - 40 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Wounded Bird Records (WOU 9889)

Coming as it did between two of Don Ellis' greatest records (Autumn and At Fillmore), New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground was a disappointment. The dozen concise performances are generally overarranged, the solos are too brief, and the melodies (with two exceptions) are not memorable. The ridiculously complex "Bulgarian Bulge" and "Eli's Coming" (which would soon join the repertoire of Maynard Ferguson) are the standouts, but the other R&B-oriented material, which often has so-so vocals by Patti Allen, is quite forgettable. One of trumpeter Don Ellis' lesser efforts.

Don Ellis - Shock Treatment (1968) [Reissue 2001]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 7, 2018
Don Ellis - Shock Treatment (1968) [Reissue 2001]

Don Ellis - Shock Treatment (1968) [Reissue 2001]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 396 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 157 MB | Covers - 60 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Koch Jazz (KOC CD-8590)

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…

Don Ellis And His Orchestra - Autumn (1968) [Reissue 2007]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 6, 2018
Don Ellis And His Orchestra - Autumn (1968) [Reissue 2007]

Don Ellis And His Orchestra - Autumn (1968) [Reissue 2007]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 397 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 136 MB | Covers - 29 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Wounded Bird Records (WOU 9721)

Don Ellis' Orchestra is heard at the peak of its powers on this Columbia LP. "Pussy Wiggle Stomp," a variation on "My dad's better than your dad" but performed in 7/4 time, became the band's theme song, and it has its riotous moments. The 19-and-a-half minute, six-part "Variations for Trumpet" is a major showcase for Ellis, "Scratt and Fluggs" is a brief bit of silliness, and the relatively straightforward "K.C. Blues" features altoist Frank Strozier, John Klemmer on tenor, and keyboardist Pete Robinson. However it is the 17-and-a-half minute "Indian Lady" (a live remake) that really finds the band going crazy. Ellis, trombonist Glen Ferris, and keyboardist Robinson play humorous solos before tenors John Klemmer and Sam Falzone engage in a long and nutty tradeoff that is often quite hilarious…
George Russell Sextet - Things New, Unissued Concerts 1960 & 1964 (2007) {Rare Live RLR 88630} (ft. Don Ellis)

George Russell Sextet - Things New, Unissued Concerts 1960 & 1964 (2007) {Rare Live RLR 88630} (ft. Don Ellis)
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© 1960, 1964, 2007 RLR Records / Rare Live Rec. | RLR 88630
Jazz / Post Bop / Experimental Small Band

Tracks from three recently discovered 1960s concerts, by the celebrated arranger, pianist & experimental theorist, George Russell, released here for the very first time - and from the same period as his famous Ezz-Thetics album (1961) with Eric Dolphy. The first, in Lennox Massachusetts, includes Al Kiger, Dave Baker, Chuck Israels & Dave Young; the 2nd, from the 1964 Newport Jazz Festival features Don Ellis, John Gilmore, Steve Swallow, Pete La Roca & Sheila Jordan. The third, a single track, is from a 1964 European date, with Thad Jones, Joe Farrell, Al Heath & Garnett Brown. Included are new versions of the Russell classics: Stratusphunk and The Outer View.
Don Ellis - Electric Heart (2014) [DVD] {Arthaus Music Expanded Edition}

Don Ellis - Electric Heart (2014) [DVD] {Arthaus Music Expanded Edition}
DVD9 -> 7.21 Gb | All Regions | NTSC 16:9 | ~ 130 min | LPCM, 2 ch | ISO Image | Sub: Deutsch
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© 2014 Arthaus Music | 102 178
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Experimental Big Band / Documentary / Trumpet

“Don Ellis – Electric Heart” is the story of one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th Century. Ellis (1934–1978) fused together a mixture of Jazz-Classical-Rock and his own version of World Music long before anyone else had thought of doing it. He was the first to experiment with odd rhythms as well as introducing electronics into the world of Jazz. His life, times & music is explored with interviews from musical giants such as bandleader Maynard Ferguson, Pulitzer Winning composer Gunther Schuller as well as pianist Milcho Leviev. Rare footage of Ellis overwhelms the film as Ellis attempts to take Jazz to new heights and never look back. Strangely, his life story and musical genius has almost been completely forgotten. The unforgettable short life of one of the greatest musicians of all time is explored and a re-birth of the electrifying and magical sounds of Don Ellis is back for all to enjoy!