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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

House in the Country (Al Kooper / arr. Don Ellis)
Don't Leave Me (Harry Nilsson / arr. Don Ellis)
Higher (S. Stewart / arr. Don Ellis)
Bulgarian Bulge (public domain / arr. Don Ellis)
Eli's Comin' (Laura Nyro / arr. Don Ellis)
Acoustical Lass
Goood Feelin'
Send My Baby Back (Marbray, Hewitt / arr. Don Ellis)
Love for Rent (Fred Selden / arr. Fred Selden)
It's Your Thing (Isley, Isley, Isley / arr. Don Ellis)
Ferris Wheel
Black Baby (Allen, Ellis)

Line-up / Musicians

Don Ellis
trumpet, electrophonic trumpet, ring modulator, flugelhorn

Saxes & Woodwinds
Fred Selden - alto sax, soprano sax, flute, clarinet
Lonnie Shetter - alto sax, soprano sax, flute, clarinet, oboe
Sam Falzone - tenor sax, clarinet, flute
Hadley Caliman - tenor sax, flute
John Klemmer - tenor sax, flute
Mike Altschol - baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute;
Jon Clarke - baritone sax

Glenn Stuart
Stu Blumberg
John Rosenberg
Jack Coan
Jock Ellis
George Bohannon
Glenn Ferris
Dana Hughes - bass trombone
Doug Bixby - contrabass trombone, tuba

Jay Graydon - guitar
Pete Robinson - piano, Fender Rhodes, ring modulator, clavinet, harpsichord
Joe Julian - bass
Carol Kaye - bass
Gary Todd - bass
Ralph Humphrey - drums
Rick Quintnal - drums, vibes, percussion
Gene Strimling - percussion
Lee Pastora - congas, bongos, shaker, cowbells

Patti Allen
The Blossoms

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(Columbia CS 9889, 1969)

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3 stars The music of Don Ellis and his big band tends to come in one, or in a combination, of three different flavors; 1) odd-metered progressive exotic proto-fusion, 2) cutting edge current styles of the competitive collegiate big-band scene, or ') All out lounge-shark tongue-in- cheek Vegas cheeeze. This album, Don Ellis Goes Underground, is almost all the third option and none of the other two, but that doesnt mean this isnt a great album. All the playing, arranging, writing and production on here is top notch. As much as I like Ellis progressive material, when he decides to go for the lounge-core sound he is one of the very best, in a league with the true eccentrics like Tartaglia, Les Baxter and Henry Mancini. The ensemble playing on here is incredibly tight and very high energy, and despite the more commercial direction of this album, you still get some of Ellis trademark progressive tendencies.

The song Bulgarian Bulge, midway through side one, is furiously paced odd-metered Bulgarian party music played with flawless precision. This song showcases Dons interest at that time in Bulgarian music, an interest that lead him to bring several Bulgarian fusion artists to the states. This migration eventually led to Milcho Levievs brilliant keyboard work with Billy Cobham. Elsewhere on this side Ellis and his band play the high energy pop classic, Elis Coming, straight ahead without any sign of irony for a sonic blast of pure big band euphoria.

This album proudly advertises that it features RnB vocalist Patty Allen, but she only shows up on a couple cuts, mostly for good effect though. Her vocals on Higher (not the Sly Stone song) recreates a 60s kitsch soul vibe that recalls cult musical time capsules like Hair and JC Superstar. This album also features the ultimate session lizard faux psychedelic-soul wannabe guitarist Jay Graydon and his always eager and hyper wah-wah pedal which adds so much to Ellis albums in this style.

This album opens with a huge wall of metallic ring-modulated tones from Ellis trumpet that sounds like the ultimate Armageddon between Stockhausen and Sun Ra and then immediately shifts into a groovy big band groove made for a 60s GTO commercial. Some people get musical style and irony, David Bowies gets it, so did Miles Davis. God bless you Don Ellis.

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