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In the Long Run by Dave Ellis

Performed in the silhouette of classic jazz standards, Dave Ellis blows the tenor sax with a whole new multi-faceted light on great jazz music. His technical abilities shine bright among the all-star cast of performers on this new release. Not being stuck in the tracks of jazz of the past, Dave breaks out to find his own calling and direction to jazz. Landing somewhere between the clouds of the classics, the hills of hip hop, the foreground of funk and the acres of acid, Dave thoroughly impressed my very critical ear.

One of the founding members of the Charlie Hinter Trio, Dave has been recognized by many for his original musical appellations and inventive style adaptations. Thus in 1996, Dave turned to his solo career in order to explore new avenues as a leader. Voted "Best New Artist" in 1997 by JAZZIZ Reader's Poll after his smashing debut release, "Raven", hitting #18 on the Gavin Charts.

Dave has come back with a most impressive new release in "In the Long Run". His second release on the Monarch label, shows just what this fiery young player can do. My favorite track, "Ced & Dun", composed by Ellis leads us down this scenic path. "Ced & Dun" rolls with a funky bass line trotting beside rhythmic drum rolls. Dave strides in with his powerful yet melodious tenor sax taking us on a journey of wonderment. "Evil Deals" written by piano player extraodinare Eric Reed, moves at variety of paces between Reed's upbeat piano solos and Ellis's metaphoric sax interludes. Ellis playing opposite Dmitri Matheny (flugelhorn) and Marty Wehner (trombone) on "Pillars" create eminent poetry of horn commingling with the vibes all heading in a unified but multidirectional viewpoint. If you like horns your going to love this track. Experimenting on Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus", Ellis invokes on a mood setting narrate that mellows your demeanor with its captivating feel and meaningful expressions.

Check out this memorable scene created by Dave Ellis and his who's who of sidemen, what a site to hear!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dave Ellis
  • CD Title: In the Long Run
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Monarch Records
  • Musicians: Dave Ellis (tenor sax), Peter Barshay (bass), Jeff Chimenti (piano), Deszon Claiborne (drums), Albert "tooth" Heath (drums), Robert Hurst (bass), Dmitri Matheny (fluegelhorn), Eric Reed (piano), Marty Wehner (trombone)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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