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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews


This album is great. I got hooked on Don Ellis when I was in college in the 90's. My Jazz Band director, Hank Levy who wrote for Don turned me on to him. I only wish more people would listen to this music, it is so far ahead of its time. My favorite Ellis album would have to be "Connection". Hank Levy's "Chain Reaction" is a masterpiece and I hope that album come to itunes soon so more people can hear it.

Don Ellis Live at Montreux

A magnificent, tour de force, live performance! I have everything Don Ellis and orchestra have ever done. Some albums are not on CD such as "Autumn", my all time favorite. These compositions and performances are mind blowing 60's, 70's jazz fusion. I really don't understand why this body of work has been so largely ignored by the Jazz community. Steve Allard


This was last recording by this late great ARTIST!!!!!!!!!!! A shear masterpiece!!!!!! I got into Don Ellis I was in High School... Not everyone knows who he is & he needs to be heard. "Inner Two"....... WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could feel the passion & emotion from the first beat to the last..... SHEAR GREATNESS that has been nearly forgoten. "Open Wide" made me wanna dance as well as "Inner Two." "Tears of Joy" & "Connection" I hope is comes to itunes soon, so he can heard & appriecated. He was ahead of his time & respect for him is way overdue.

Steve A. Moreno


Born: July 25, 1934 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

A talented trumpeter with a vivid musical imagination and the willingness to try new things, Don Ellis led some of the most colorful big bands of the 1965-75 period. After graduating from Boston University, Ellis played in the big bands of Ray McKinley, Charlie Barnet, and Maynard Ferguson (he was featured with the latter on "Three More Foxes"), recorded with Charles Mingus, and played with George Russell's sextet (at the same time as Eric Dolphy). Ellis led four quartet and trio sessions during...
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