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Autumn Import

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Jazz trumpeter and composer Don Ellis was famous for his wildly imaginative, technically accomplished, modern big band arrangements and later for his score for the iconic 1971 William Friedkin / Gene Hackman film, The French Connection. After falling in love with the classics, Electric Bath and Shock Treatment, Al Kooper produced Ellis' Autumn for Columbia in 1969.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: FIVEFOUR
  • ASIN: B009GADL1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Don was entering the Autumn of his time on Planet Earth about the time this recording was first released. This offering provides ample evidence of his talent, vision, technique, humor, and explorer's spirit. A case could be made for this recording being the best single disc CD of Ellis' music and performances of same. If you have the grit to challenge today with yesterday' s vision of Jazz' s future, then treat yourself and your Cool Auntie to a visit to permanent Autumn.
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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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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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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 hesitation recommending it. The music is thoroughly reviewed elsewhere and full of killer charts and playing that is thrilling. If you like this, I'd also recommend you check out Hal Russell /NRG Ensemble on ECM as his band is also a mix of killer charts and players who are also having fun dazzling the heck out of their audiences. If you want more Ellis, I highly recommend "Live at Monterey" It is a superbly recorded live set that will blow your socks off and your toes too!
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This is, without a doubt, the very best band I have ever heard in my entire life (I'm 64). To swing and wail like this in these odd time signatures in truly mind boggling as well as emotionally exciting! I have 8 Ellis CDs now, and have yet to be disappointed by any of them. Excellent playing!!! Too bad he had to die so young!
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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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