Don Ellis at Fillmore
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This great 2 CD set of 'Don Ellis at Fillmore' was originally released in 1970. The album was recorded Live in June 1970 at Bill Graham's Fillmore West. One of the highlights of this album is a 10 minute version of the Beatles' 'Hey Jude'. The great jazz saxaphonist John Klemmer also makes an appearance. Wounded Bird. 2005.
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When I first heard this album, I was floored by the band's ability to play in odd meters, and yet still swing hard. I also loved how the band expanded the styles and sounds of a big band. Don integrates rock, funk, and electronic sounds seamlessly into the traditional big band setup.
Favorite tunes include Final Analysis, Extreme Divide (nothin' like swingin' in 13/4!), and Pussy Wiggle Stomp (swing in 7/4, and it really does swing!).
The soloists are all tremendous; the rhythm section swings and cooks furiously; the horns blow full (kudos to lead trumpet Glenn Stuart, who sounds terrific on all of Ellis' albums).
If you want to hear a big band on the cutting edge of big band music (an edge which no one else has yet approached), then get this album, and get Don Ellis Live at Montreux. Two landmark recordings.
I marvel at the level of musicianship this band possessed.