Johnny Come Lately (1962) - Don Ellis - Don Ellis (CD)

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  1. Recording Year: Country of Pressing: SPAIN Comments: Sealed New Copy Reissue of the original Pacific Jazz STEREO Cover Grade: MINT Vinyl Grade: MINT Side One: 1. Johnny Come Lately (Ellington-Strayhorn) 2. Slow Space (Don Ellis) 3. Ostinato (Don Ellis) 4. Donkey (Carla Bley) Side Two: 1. Form (Don Ellis) 2.
  2. Opening with a hard-swinging version of Ellington and Strayhorn's "Johnny Come Lately, the sound is immediate in both performance and audio quality. The musicians keep close to the song's melody but still manage to play with a looseness without losing the rhythm of the song. "Slow Space, the following track, stands in stark contrast to the opener.
  3. The album is a mixture of jazz standards and four originals by Ellis. Like Maynard Ferguson, Don Ellis was a high-note specialist, although he was interested in the notes between the notes, often bending notes to explore different tones. The Ellingtonian Johnny Come Lately has the trumpeter.
  4. The set starts off with a madly swinging rendition of Billy Strayhorn's "Johnny Come Lately", then kicks off into several more avant-garde pieces, including several by Ellis and one by Carla Bley ("Donkey"). The album wraps up with two more standards, "Angel Eyes" and an insanely fast version of "Lover".

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