A talented trumpeter having a vivid music imagination as well as the willingness to try new things, Don Ellis led a few of the most colorful big rings from the 1965-75 period. After graduating from Boston University or college, Ellis played within the big rings of Ray McKinley, Charlie Barnet, and Maynard Ferguson (he was presented with the second option on “Three Even more Foxes”), documented with Charles Mingus, and used George Russell’s sextet (at exactly the same time as Eric Dolphy). Ellis led four quartet and trio classes during 1960-1962 for Candid, New Jazz, and Pacific Jazz, combining together bop, free of charge jazz, and his desire for modern traditional music. Nonetheless it is at 1965 when he come up with his 1st orchestra that he actually started to get that promotion in jazz. Ellis’s big rings were recognized by their uncommon instrumentation (which in its start had as much as three bassists and three drummers including Ellis himself), the leader’s desire to research unusual time adjustments (including 7/8, 9/8, and also 15/16), its sometimes wacky laughter (highlighted by an excessive amount of fake endings), and an openness towards using rock and roll rhythms and (in old age) consumer electronics. Ellis created the four-valve trumpet and used a band modulator and all sorts of wild gadgets by the past due ’60s. By 1971, his music group contains an eight-piece brass section (including French horn and tuba), a four-piece woodwind section, a string quartet, along with a two-drum tempo section. A afterwards unrecorded edition also added a vocal quartet. Among Don Ellis’s sidemen had been Glenn Ferris, Tom Scott, John Klemmer, Sam Falzone, Frank Strozier, Dave MacKay, as well as the excellent pianist (direct from Bulgaria) Milcho Leviev. The orchestra’s most remarkable recordings were Fall, Live on the Fillmore, and Tears of Pleasure (all for Columbia). After struggling a middle-’70s coronary attack, Ellis came back to live executing, playing the “superbone” along with a afterwards model of his big music group featured Artwork Pepper. Ellis’s last documenting was at the 1977 Montreux Jazz Celebration, per year before his center finally provided out.
|1||American jazz trumpeter and occasional film composer. Began professionally with the orchestras of Glenn Miller and Ray McKinley. After national service, he formed his own band which performed in New York's Greenwich Village. From the late 1950's, he played a more progressive style of jazz, working with smaller groups, including the George Russell Sextet. During the 1960's, he made a series of successful records for CBS, at which time he was called "the father of the time revolution" in jazz. He was also a huge hit at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival.|
|Ruby||1977||arranger / conductor|
|Doctors' Hospital||1975-1976||TV Series composer - 12 episodes|
|French Connection II||1975||conductor|
|The French Connection||1971||music conducted by|
|Bullitt||1968||musician: trumpet - uncredited|
|Mission: Impossible||1967||TV Series conductor - 1 episode|
|How I Spent My Summer Vacation||1967||TV Movie musician: trumpet|
|New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts||1964||TV Series musician - 1 episode|
|Assault in Paradise||1977|
|The Deadly Tower||1975||TV Movie|
|French Connection II||1975|
|Doctors' Hospital||1975||TV Series|
|Movin' On||1974||TV Series 2 episodes|
|Man Belongs to the Earth||1974||Documentary short|
|Kansas City Bomber||1972|
|The French Connection||1971||music composed by|
|The Soupy Sales Show||1970||TV Movie music by|
|Moon Zero Two||1969|
|Mission: Impossible||1967||TV Series 1 episode|
|Priceless||2006||as D. Ellis, "Alone" / performer: "Alone"|
|The Boys of 2nd Street Park||2003||TV Movie documentary writer: "Soupy Sales Theme Music"|
|Making the Connection: Untold Stories of 'The French Connection'||2001||TV Movie documentary writer: "The French Connection Main Title", "Hotel Chase", "This Is It", "Subway", "The French Connection End Title"|
|Nothing About Robert||1999||writer: "Open Beauty"|
|Kansas City Bomber||1972||music: "Your Way Ain't My Way, Baby", "Rounds and Spheres" uncredited, "All Night Market" uncredited|
|New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts||1964||TV Series 1 episode|
|The Soupy Sales Show||1970||TV Movie||Himself - bandleader, trumpeter (as Don Ellis and his Orchestra)|
|New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts||1964||TV Series||Himself - Performer|
|Electric Heart: Don Ellis||2007||Documentary||Himself|
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