Don Ellis - Electric Heart
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Don Ellis - Electric Heart is the story of one of the most innovative musicians of the 20th Century. Ellis (1934-1978) fused together a mixture of Jazz-Classical-Rock and his own version of World Music long before anyone else had thought of doing it. He was the first to experiment with odd rhythms as well as introducing electronics into the world of jazz. His life, times & music is explored with interviews from musical giants such as bandleader Maynard Ferguson, Pulitzer Winning composer Gunther Schuller as well as pianist Milcho Leviev. Rare footage of Ellis overwhelms the film as Ellis attempts to take Jazz to new heights and never look back. Strangely, his life story and musical genius has almost been completely forgotten. The unforgettable short life of one of the greatest musicians of all time is explored and a re-birth of the electrifying and magical sounds of Don Ellis is back for all to enjoy!
Hopefully this Documentary will correct some of the misconceptions about Don Ellis and his music and generate more interest in his many unique recordings. --AudioPhile Audition
Electric Heart gives Ellis his due! --The Stranger
Top Customer Reviews
There are moments from an archival video interview with Ells (who died in 1978 in Los Angeles at the young age of 44) held at Alfred University in 1978. And there are other brief moments from a public TV show (undated) produced by KQED-San Francisco titled “Music Art San Francisco” where Ellis and his band perform music among the art in an art museum.
The DVD provides a real nice “bonus”. The complete “Music Art San Francisco” film (running time is 57 minutes).
The DVD release comes from the German Arthaus Musik label, distributed in the US by Naxos. There is a 16-page booklet with photos, a 2-page intro by the Director and a four page essay on the musician, which is repeated in German.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointing. I've been a big fan for most of my life, and I was eager to play this for my wife, to give her a better sense of the enormous genius inside the man and his music. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark J. Anderson
Wonderful story of a great musician/band leader who has been basically unknown since his death. I've loved his music,and now I'm finally learning more about his life.Published on January 1, 2015 by Trading Post Tom
Amazing piece of history. I've been listening since the 70's.Published on August 10, 2014 by Clifford McPeek