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Raven by Dave Ellis

Originality on the tenor sax is about as prevalent in today's jazz jazz world as an honest politician, with that said, I would like to mention an artist and release that I feel was heavily overlooked by jazz lovers in general. The CD is "Raven" and was released in 1996 by former Charlie Hunter sideman Dave Ellis. Although not all of the material performed on the recording was original, (and what CD these days are?), I found the music to be refreshing and brilliant. Ellis performs two originals "Hi Lo" and my personal favorite "Raven". The aptly titled album also features Ellis doing improvisational versions of tunes by such jazz icons as Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner and Woody Shaw, just to name a few. Ellis' powerful tone has a pure sound that is his own... Performed by a supporting cast of relatively unknown fellow Berkley alums, the disc includes straight ahead, Samba, and stretches out to Avant Garde improv. I give it my strongest recommendation and feel that it is a must buy for anyone who appreciates young, hungry talent in today's jazz mass market. "Raven" gets 5 Stars in my book!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dave Ellis
  • CD Title: Raven
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1996
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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