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Don Ellis - Music From Other Galaxies And Planets (1977) {Atlantic-Wounded Bird WOU 8227 rel 2006}

Don Ellis - Music From Other Galaxies And Planets (1977) {Atlantic-Wounded Bird WOU 8227 rel 2006}
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© 1977, 2006 Atlantic / Wounded Bird Records | WOU 8227 / LP Atlantic SD 18227
Jazz / Post Bop / Progressive Jazz / Experimental Big Band

Ellis recorded Music from Other Galaxies and Planets (1977) after returning from a hiatus caused by a severe heart condition. With this new ensemble – appropriately named “Survival” – Ellis covers very little new musical territory on the release, which has become maligned by many Ellis fans. However, according to Hank Levy, the album is the result of hasty decisions made by Ellis’s new label Atlantic Records.

Don Ellis - Live At Montreux (1978) [Reissue 2002]  Music

Posted by gribovar at April 23, 2018
Don Ellis - Live At Montreux (1978) [Reissue 2002]

Don Ellis - Live At Montreux (1978) [Reissue 2002]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 479 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 174 MB | Covers - 65 MB
Genre: Jazz | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Koch Jazz (KOC CD-51410)

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.

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 - 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…
The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire by Karl Jacoby
English | 2016 | ISBN: 039323925X | 336 Pages | EPUB | 18.0 MB

A prize-winning historian tells a new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur.
Don Ellis - Electric Heart (2014) [DVD] {Arthaus Music Expanded Edition}

Don Ellis - Electric Heart (2014) [DVD] {Arthaus Music Expanded Edition}
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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!