Reference: JW-057 LP
Format: LP / 12" / 33rpm / STEREO
Label: JAZZ WORKSHOP
Catalogue Reference: JW-057
Recording Year: 1962
Country of Pressing: SPAIN
Comments: Sealed New Copy
Reissue of the original Pacific Jazz STEREO-55
Cover Grade: MINT
Vinyl Grade: MINT
1. Johnny Come Lately (Ellington-Strayhorn) 4:51
2. Slow Space (Don Ellis) 4:30
3. Ostinato (Don Ellis) 7:00
4. Donkey (Carla Bley) 4:34
1. Form (Don Ellis) 10:11
2. Angel Eyes (Dennis-Brent) 4:18
3. Irony (Don Ellis) 5:07
4. Lover (Rodgers-Hart) 3:20
Originally issued on Pacific Jazz STEREO-55
Don Ellis (trumpet), Paul Bley (piano), Gary Peacock (bass), Gene Stone (drums on A #1-3 & B #2,4), Nick Martinis (drums on A #3,4 & B #1,3).
Note: Both drummers play on track #3.
Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Hollywood, California, July 14 & 16, 1962
An original Richard Bock production
Audio engineering: Richard Bock
Cover design & inlay photos by Woody Woodward
Original liner notes: Don Ellis
"The rarest of all Don Ellis sessions, Essence matches the trumpeter with pianist Paul Bley, bassist Gary Peacock, and either Nick Martinis or Gene Stone on drums. Ellis, who sought during this period to transfer ideas and concepts from modern classical music into adventurous jazz, often experimented with time, tempos and the use of space while still swinging. His renditions of Billy Strayhorn's "Johnny Come Lately," "Angel Eyes" and "Lover" are quite fresh, he contributes four interesting originals and introduces Carla Bley's "Wrong Key Donkey" (here simply called "Donkey"). This is thought-provoking music."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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