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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mighty Quinn
  • ASIN: B000A3DG9O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #606,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Johnny Come Lately
2. Slow Space
3. Ostinato
4. Donkey
5. Form
6. Angel Eyes
7. Irony
8. Lover

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Don Ellis, trumpet
Paul Bley, piano
Gary Peacock, bass
Nick Martinis, drums
Gene Stone, drums
Richard Bock, original producer

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce A. Kaplan on April 5, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Never having been too excited by Don Ellis's best-known recordings with his big band, I had no idea that Don Ellis made music in a quite different vernacular as he did on this early-sixties recording with Paul Bley and Gary Peacock. Originally released in 1962 on Pacific Jazz, this shows an articulate and confident trumpeter mining the post-bop and free jazz field. The pairing with Bley is particularly felicitous.

Included are a very fresh sounding Ellington tune, "Johnny Come Lately," and "Ostinato," which hints at the work he would later do exploring complex time signatures with his big bands of the the later sixties and on. The Ellis originals are all highly exploratory, and takes on Carla Bley compositions ("Donkey") are always welcome. The album ends with a blistering version of the Rodgers and Hart tune, "Lover".

For my taste, this is a more satisfying Don Ellis than the much better known big band recordings present. Thanks to all involved for the reissue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Peterson on September 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Paul Bley had recently launched Ornette Coleman et al. into their (relatively) near-earth orbit, and here he and Don Ellis take things considerably further out. Ellis sounds both classically informed and rooted in swinging-jazz history, and you can hear him already playing around with microtonal smears that look forward to the 4-valve quarter-tone trumpet he played a few years later. He plays all kinds of stuff that would sound fresh today if played by somebody like Dave Douglas. Pretty impressive in the context of 1962!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Bill on May 12, 2009
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This is fantastic stuff - way into the future at the time. If you are a JaZz lover you can't do without this CD.
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