Wednesday, December 16, 2009

How Time Passes...

Truth be told, I've never been a big fan of Don Ellis. No particular reason other than his music just never grabbed me. So why, then, did I get this disc? Because Jaki Byard is on it. I've been a huge fan of his ever since I first heard him playing in Mingus' band. I raved about him in a previous post and I'll rave about him again: listening to Byard is like taking a crash course on the history of jazz. Along with Ellis on trumpet and Byard on piano and alto sax (the instrument he played as a member of Earl Bostic's and Herb Pomeroy's bands) is bassist Ron Carter and drummer Charli Persip. It was recorded October 4 & 5, 1960 and released on the Candid label (another reason I bought this disc: I've never heard a bad recording from this small but influential record label).

And, oh yeah, is it just me or does the cover of this album seem remotely suggestive? Maybe it's just me...


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