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Don EllisAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B000QJLQO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Variations for Trumpet
2. Scratt and Fluggs
3. Pussy Wiggle Stomp
4. K.C. Blues [Live]
5. Child of Ecstasy
6. Indian Lady [*]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Herb!! August 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Herb Robertson has to be my friend cuz he loves Don Ellis as do I. Problem with Herb is he's to young, fussing over recording noise and other such stuff. Probably paid 20 bucks for the CD. I'll bet he paid a lot more for some really bad stuff and never offered a comment. I've had the exquisite pleasure to have seen the Don Ellis Band everywhere North of SF. High School gyms, night clubs, auditoriums, etc. Didn't care much about wow and flutter. Keep the music coming. Those old 1 sided 78's didn't bring out the best in Caruso but who cares. Ellis was pure artistic genius and a ham to. I miss him. bob smith vashon,wa.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Someone Please re-issue this?!!! June 28, 2006
By rmac
Format:Audio CD
As a Don Ellis fan since my teen years in the late 60's, I have watched with delight that all my favorite records have been re-issued on cd, even many that I have never heard of, or are of marginal interest. I am boggled, that Autumn has not been re-issued, YET. Many regard Electric Bath as his great studio albumn, but I think in many ways Autumn is it's equal. The amazing Variations for Trumpet, one of the most inovative and intriguing peices of jazz that I have known. The definitive Pussy Wiggle Stomp, it's recorded on at least one other released cd, but this is the best. Child of Ecstasy is a ballad of tension and intensity unmatched and the other tracks are all super, inovative, provocative, playfull .. I hear so much 'modern' jazz that is just more of what has been going on for decades. It's good, and I enjoy and respect all the fabulous musicians out there doing it (and am envious as well), but the duple meters are so tiresome after you've gotten a taste of 7 or 9 or even 32/8 and no, its not just a subdivided 4, its a fast 5+7+9+11 and once you mastered that meter, well listening to the latest 4/4 modern masterpeice will be nice, but not so facinating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album deserves more recognition February 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've been over the moon for this album for several years now, and I must say this cd release sounds WAY better than my mp3 copy. The bottom end is warmer, the dynamics fuller. I can't say enough good things about the music itself. I've literally cried tears of joy (no pun intended) over this album. As a blend of composition and collective improvisation, "Variations for Trumpet" has few equals, and the live rendition of "Indian Lady" is so raucous, it practically makes "Kick Out the Jams" by the MC5 sound docile by comparison. Even the 4/4 pieces "K.C. Blues" and "Child of Ecstasy" are stunning. "Live at Monterey" and "Electric Bath" are amazing albums too, but I think this one really captures Ellis and his orchestra at their peak.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 1, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
Columbia staff producer Al Kooper worked on Don Ellis' Autamn in 1969.

This is very good and very varied, showing Ellis' endless experimentalism: first is the gorgeous "Variations For Trumpet," a jazz piece that has all the sweep and grandeur of the best 1970's progressive rock, the grace of classical music, and the invention of the most experimental jazz. As free jazz ruled and fusion was coming to pass, Ellis made his innovations by the massive scope of his compositions.

"Piggle Wiggle Stomp" is be-bop changes with a big band: huge, riotous and raucous enough for any rock concert of the time. The same describes the live take of "Indian Lady," from Ellis' Electric Bath.

Advanced symphonic structures, an echoing wha wha trumpet, the mix of jazz tradition and rock power--1960's Ellis oozes innovations. You've got to hear all of it if this sounds attractive, Autumn included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% excellence - the missing piece of the puzzle October 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I am so happy this CD has finally come out here in the US. It is truly one of the best Don Ellis recordings. A while back, I almost bought a version of this cd released in England (on an on-line auction) for over 100.00 and am really happy I was Out-bid. It sounds like the album to me (without the scratches). The version of Indian lady on this album gives me goose bumps! The charging stand-up bass lines in the introducion of the song is just a small indication of the energy this chart offers the listener. The drum solos that follow the sax solo section are just amazing- especially when they bring it down with the same energy and the solo spreads out to the hardware, rims, and drum shells. Just a fantastic album....This was the missing piece of my CD collection ---well....this one and "soaring", but I bet with time wounded bird will appease us all and release that one too....Thanks again Wounded Bird!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Autumn - Don Ellis August 2, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a classic Don Ellis album which I bought in 1968 when I was a junior in high school. It blew my mind ... plus a 58 minute LP! Unheard of. I recently purchased again now on CD most of Ellis's recordings and thanks to Nick DiScala for doing such a wonderful endeavor! Great. A few months ago I searched out Autumn on CD and found a seller in the UK ( who had a copy and selling it at an exhorbitant rare collector's price. I bought it not knowing when a new CD of this recording would be coming out. The copy I bought was an original Columbia CD release of Autumn. It is a clean master with no noise or hiss. (the 60s re-verb does get too much but the music is fantastic!) I just purchased the other day Wounded Bird Records' version and I am returning it to Amazon. Nick ... It has noise and hiss all over the master. This is sad. The master volume is hotter than my Columbia version and I was hoping that the heavy re-verb would have been reduced. Not so. Could it be only my copy? Please check on this Nick because Autumn deserves a great treatment. It is a masterpiece and the re-master has to be corrected. Would you like to hear my Columbia CD release and compare the difference? Do you have the copyrights? Please check this out and let us all know that Autumn will go down again as one of our all time favorites. In the meantime, 5 stars for Don Ellis and especially the music of Autumn but ... 2 stars for the disappointing sound quality of this 2007 release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Precient Title
Don was entering the Autumn of his time on Planet Earth about the time this recording was first released. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Axis, Bold As Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Yo' Gramma's Big Band Music
I discovered this gem when I was in college in the early 1970's. Loved it then and love it now. A great big band sound, almost symphonic in it's proportions, and verging into the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arlee Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars What a band!!!
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Published 11 months ago by Karl E. Ruffing
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Sounding Reissue
I have been hoping someone would reissue this and here it is in fabulous sonic glory! I had not heard of the Fivefour label but they have mastered this cd so well I have no... Read more
Published 22 months ago by groover
5.0 out of 5 stars Un mondo di suoni
Un mondo di suoni , tra favola incantata e bolgia picaresca . La genialità di Ellis , qui raggiunge vette ancora più elevate ... Read more
Published 23 months ago by SalvoJazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the album, let it grow on you
One of the things I find facinating about Don Ellis is how you can re-listen to his recordings and still find new ideas. Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by Bruce D. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Something in 4/4?
This album has been too often overlooked in the recorded history of the Don Ellis Orchestra. Though it does have plenty of odd metered compositions that have been forever linked... Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by David W. Cherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the album. Let it grow on you.
One of the things I find facinating about Don Ellis is how you can re-listen to his recordings and still find new ideas. Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Bruce D. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars What a joy to hear this music again.
I am so happy this fantastic album has been reissued. I was fortunate to have been at the concert at Frost Amphitheater at Stanford University at which two cuts on this CD were... Read more
Published on June 6, 2008 by Dr. J
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
For those of you who do not know Don Ellis, Don was a unique mind with a unique style. Most of his music reflects this with some fairly odd jazz --- but it seemed to be the 60's... Read more
Published on January 25, 2008 by Robert L. Langguth
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