by Don Ellis


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The last album by Don Ellis' big band before the trumpeter suffered a heart attack that would ultimately cut short both his career and his life, this underrated set finds Ellis' orchestra consisting of seven brass (including tuba), four strong woodwind players, a string quartet, and an enlarged six-piece rhythm section that includes guitarist Jay Graydon and keyboardist Milcho Leviev. A special highlight is "Invincible" which is an outstanding feature for altoist Vince Denham; whatever happened to him? Ellis composed four of the eight originals including one titled "The Devil Made Me Write This Piece!" This out-of-print Lp is well worth searching for.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2017
Label: Mps-Jazz
UPC: 4029759119777
catalogNumber: 211977
Rank: 38739

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Ellis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Drums,Flugelhorn,Electric Trumpet,Group Member
Milcho Leviev   Organ,Piano,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Group Member
Bruce Mackay   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Doug Bixby   Tuba,Group Member
Vince Denham   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Jay Graydon   Guitar,Voice Bag,Group Member
Gary Herbig   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Group Member
Ralph Humphrey   Drums,Group Member
Mike Jamieson   Trombone,Group Member
Sidney Muldrow   French Horn,Group Member
Lee Pastora   Conga,Group Member
Gil Rathel   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Fred Selden   Flute,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Group Member
Dave McDaniel   Bass,Group Member
Renita Koven   Electric Viola,Group Member
Jack Caudill   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Group Member
Ron Dunn   Percussion,Drums
Sam Falzone   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Pat Kudzia   Electric Cello,Group Member
Joel Quivey   Electric Violin,Group Member
Ken Sawhill   Bass Trombone,Group Member
Earle Corry   Electric Violin,Group Member

Technical Credits

Don Ellis   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Milcho Leviev   Arranger,Composer
Martin Cook   translation
Paul Grupp   Engineering Consultant
Hank Levy   Arranger,Composer
Hugh Davis   Engineer
Sam Falzone   Arranger,Composer
Dirk Sommer   Liner Notes
Alexej Fried   Arranger,Composer
Maria Eckstein   Cover Art
Stefan Franzen   Liner Notes

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