John Ellis, up until recently was best know for his work as a tenor saxophonist for the widely popular Charlie Hunter Trio. However, with the release in 2005 of his own set, One Foot In The Swamp, that began to change. As a leader, Ellis drew rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times, The Village Voice, The Chicago Reader, Downbeat, and Jazz Times. He toured his quintet around the U.S. packing jazz clubs and gaining new fans at every stop. Now, Ellis takes the next step in becoming a marquee jazz leader with his new album. By A Thread, a powerful and progressive collection that consistently proves his voice on tenor saxophone to be singular and inspired.
From the Artist
"I wasn't particularly trying to make a jazz record, a funk record, a world music record, but rather to make a record that is an honest attempt to create a personal sound," state Ellis. "Personally, I love music that falls into many different categories, so the goal was really just to create good music."
"By A Thread was recorded after a series of weekly gigs at the Knitting Factorys Tap Bar. During those gigs I had the opportunity to develop some new music and to play with some different musicians who lived in New York City. I had wanted to get a band together here that I felt as strong about as the group I had been working with in New Orleans. The idea was to make a record that was more a document of a working band," explains Ellis. "I had also been rediscovering, perhaps even craving, harmony after playing so much rhythm-based music (with Charlie Hunter), and so I had some tunes that drew more from that element of my playing than on my previous Hyena record."