22 April, 2018

Pee Wee Ellis - In My Ellingtonian Mood (2015)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:04:31 | Size: 148.30 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
01. Perdido (3:30)
02. I'm Beginning To See The Light (4:23)
03. Satin Doll (4:56)
04. In A Sentimental Mood (8:31)
05. Take The Coltrane (2:37)
06. Sophisticated Lady (7:27)
07. Warm Valley (Take 2) (6:27)
08. Warm Valley (Take 3) (6:45)
09. I Got It Bad (3:58)
10. Prelude To A Kiss (8:50)
11. Caravan (7:14)

Pee Wee Ellis - tenor saxophone
Danny Grissett - piano


Rec.: Topaz Studio, Cologne, Germany, May 2015.

Minor Music
 
One of the most versatile and creative personalities of the American music scene is the saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer Alfred 'Pee Wee' Elllis, who at Porgy & Bess on three consecutive concert evenings a wide-ranging, thematically bundled program with international and local music greats as the sum of his diverse Experience.
The American nonfiction and novelist James McBride, himself a saxophonist and musician, published 2016 one of the most interesting music books of recent years 'Kill 'em and leave', in which he intensively and soundly with the person James Brown and its importance as a musician apart sets. He dedicates a chapter to Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis, whom he describes as 'the principal architect of James Brown's Sound' and one of the most important personalities in American music history.
Pee Wee Ellis, born in Florida in 1941, discovered a saxophone in his grandmother's household when he was seven years old, and thus a whole new meaning in his life. His parents fostered his extraordinary musical talent, and as a student in Rochester, New York, he became friends with some of the older musicians, including the later Miles Davis bassist Ron Carter and the trumpeter Waymon Reed, who belonged to the local top jazz scene. He took after impressive concert experiences John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins as role models, of the latter he received even in the summer of 1957 private lessons. In 1965, his childhood friend Waymon Reed came in and invited him to join James Brown's band.
At the time, Brown was looking for a new expression, a new sound for his music, as he had already achieved much artistic and commercial, but was early aware of the dangers of stagnation in the fast moving music business. Brown could afford a great band now, but his musical director was increasingly struggling with his job. The young Ellis with his academic abilities as a composer and arranger, coupled with the creativity of the jazz musician, was exactly the right successor and together they created the new style of music, which sparked a musical revolution as FUNK in the mid-sixties. 'Cold Sweat' and 'Say it loud - I'm black and I'm pround' and another 20 hits wrote Brown and Ellis together and a highlight of this time is the double album 'Live at the Apollo II' from 1968. The downsides included the notorious working conditions that Brown attributed to his band. After 4 years, Ellis quit his job and started working as a producer and arranger. The legendary CTI label owes much of its sound to him, who produced here Esther Phillips, George Benson, Hank Crawford and many others. The planned collaboration with Miles Davis in the 70s, unfortunately, never came, for Ellis made something completely new, he joined Van Morrison, first from 1979-1986.
When James Brown was jailed in the late '80s, his main (former) musicians Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis had just decided to do something in common again. First as part of Bobby Byrd and the J.B. All Stars who recorded a live album for Rhythm Attack, a sub-label of the German label Minor Music, in 1988 in London. Two years later, Maceo Parker's Roots Revisited Album, with Wesley and Ellis, was released and achieved great success worldwide. By 1994, the three musicians recorded another 4 common records under Maceo's name for minor music, including 'Life on Planet Groove,' and several albums directing their own ensembles.
Since 1995 Ellis drives, whose desire for the new always drives him forward, multi-pronged. With his assembly, he plays mainly funk, with various occupations (including Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb) Jazz, with Van Morrison or Ginger Baker, he appears occasionally and it comes back to big band concerts again and again. In London he has recorded many productions for the famous World Circuit Label with African artists such as Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare. His newest album is called 'In my Ellingtonian Mood' and is dedicated to the giant Duke Ellington.One of the most versatile and creative personalities of the American music scene is the saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer Alfred 'Pee Wee' Elllis, who at Porgy & Bess on three consecutive concert evenings a wide-ranging, thematically focused program with international and local music greats as the sum of his diverse Experience.
The American nonfiction and novelist James McBride, himself a saxophonist and musician, published 2016 one of the most interesting music books of recent years 'Kill 'em and leave', in which he intensively and soundly with the person James Brown and its importance as a musician apart sets. He dedicates a chapter to Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis, whom he describes as 'the principal architect of James Brown's Sound' and one of the most important personalities in American music history.
Pee Wee Ellis, born in Florida in 1941, discovered a saxophone in his grandmother's household when he was seven years old, and thus a whole new meaning in his life. His parents fostered his extraordinary musical talent, and as a student in Rochester, New York, he became friends with some older musicians, including the later Miles Davis bassist Ron Carter and the trumpeter Waymon Reed, who were local top jazz players. He took after impressive concert experiences John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins as role models, of the latter he received even in the summer of 1957 private lessons. In 1965, his childhood friend Waymon Reed came in and invited him to join James Brown's band.
At the time, Brown was looking for a new expression, a new sound for his music, as he had already achieved much artistic and commercial, but was early aware of the dangers of stagnation in the fast moving music business. Brown could afford a great band now, but his musical director was increasingly struggling with his job. The young Ellis with his academic abilities as a composer and arranger, coupled with the creativity of the jazz musician, was exactly the right successor and together they created the new style of music, which sparked a musical revolution as FUNK in the mid-sixties. 'Cold Sweat' and 'Say it loud - I'm black and I'm pround' and another 20 hits wrote Brown and Ellis together and a highlight of this time is the double album 'Live at the Apollo II' from 1968. The downsides included the notorious working conditions that Brown attributed to his band. After 4 years, Ellis quit his job and started working as a producer and arranger. The legendary CTI label owes much of its sound to him, who produced here Esther Phillips, George Benson, Hank Crawford and many others. The planned collaboration with Miles Davis in the 70s, unfortunately, never came, for Ellis made something completely new, he joined Van Morrison, first from 1979-1986.
When James Brown was jailed in the late '80s, his main (former) musicians Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis had just decided to do something in common again. First as part of Bobby Byrd and the J.B. All Stars who recorded a live album for Rhythm Attack, a sub-label of the German label Minor Music, in 1988 in London. Two years later, Maceo Parker's Roots Revisited Album, with Wesley and Ellis, was released and achieved great success worldwide. By 1994, the three musicians recorded another 4 common records under Maceo's name for minor music, including 'Life on Planet Groove,' and several albums directing their own ensembles.
Since 1995 Ellis drives, whose desire for the new always drives him forward, multi-pronged. With his assembly, he plays mainly funk, with various occupations (including Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb) Jazz, with Van Morrison or Ginger Baker, he appears occasionally and it comes back to big band concerts again and again. In London he has recorded many productions for the famous World Circuit Label with African artists such as Ali Farka Toure and Oumou Sangare. His newest album is called 'In my Ellingtonian Mood' and is dedicated to the giant Duke Ellington.
 

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