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Live, released in 1978

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Future Feature (for Five Fine Fellows)
Sporting Dance
Niner Two

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Line-up / Musicians

Don Ellis
trumpet, flugelhorn, Superbone, Firebird

Saxes & Woodwinds
Ann Patterson
Ted Nash
James Coile
James Snodgrass

Glenn Stuart
Gil Rathel
Jack Coan

French Horn
Sidney Muldrow

Alan Kaplan
Richard Bullock- bass trombone
Jim Self

Pam Tompkins - violin
Laurie Badessa - violin
Jimbo Ross - viola
Paula Hochhalter - cello

Randy Kerber - keyboards
Darrell Clayborn - upright bass
Leon Gaer - synthesized electric bass, electric bass, 8-string bass, 360 system PVC, Oberheim synthesizer, Steiner sequencer, sequential circuits programmer
Dave Crigger - drums
Mike Englander - drums, mallets, percussion
Chino Valdes - congas, bongos
Ruth Ritchie - percussion, tympani

Releases information

Atlantic SD 19178, © 1978 / Koch Jazz KOC CD-51410, © 2002

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Review by js (Easy Money)
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2 stars Released in 1978, Live at Montreux is Don Ellis' last record before his untimely death due to heart problems. This isn't Ellis' best album, but it's still excellent modern big band music, just not as progressive or psychedelic as some of his other releases. Early in his career Ellis presented an innovative big band jazz music that featured odd-metered rhythms and exotic instrumentation that proved to be a blueprint for artists such as King Crimson, Frank Zappa and The Soft Machine. Fast forward to the late 70s, times have changed and partly due to the new found popularity of commercialized jazz fusion, as well as an increase in excellent high profile college big band programs, big band music was back, but with a new late 70s fusion flavor. Thad Jones, Chuck Mangione, Quincey Jones and Maynard Ferguson were reaching a whole new crowd of college aged jazz fans, as well as the new post-hippie yuppie crowd that wanted to put away their boogie rock and dig something a little more urban and grown-up.

Two songs on here stand out above the rest. Future Feature hit's a classic prog rock fusion Oberheim odd-metered bass line that drives solos from the horns, saxes and violins leading to many complicated arrangement change-ups and the final big buildup from the full horn and string section that recalls Mahavishnu Orchestra's album with an additional 'orchestra'. Sporting Dance is hard driving and intense hippie acid jazz with film noir melodies and a long solo(s) between two battling trombones against a Cobham/Bitches Brew inspired manic drum section.

Elsewhere we get sophisticated and slightly avant-garde takes on popular late 70s music such as disco and Brazilian dance rhythms, as well late 70s styled slick intelligent big band music. If you are a fan of Don Ellis, there is much to like here. If you are looking for an introduction to some of his more progressive material, you may want to look elsewhere.


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