CD By a Thread [John Ellis (Saxophonist)] (CD 1051116),
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By a Thread [John Ellis (Saxophonist)]

  • 1. Ferris Wheel
    2. Tall Drink of Water
    3. Little Giggles
    4. Old Man
    5. Wishing Well
    6. Lonnie
    7. Umpty Eleven
    8. Swirl
    9. Moore's Alphabet
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9348

  • Credits
    EngineerMike Brorby

    Personnel: John Ellis (ocarina, bass clarinet, saxophone); Aaron Goldberg (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Wurlitzer piano, pump organ); Mike Moreno (guitar); Reuben Rogers (acoustic bass); Terreon Gully (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Perez Cisernos.
    Recording information: Acoustic Recording, Brooklyn, NY.
    John Ellis is best known for being the saxophonist with guitarist Charlie Hunter, although his own solo career has been going well. On By a Thread, Ellis' music (all nine selections are his originals) has its own quirky logic, like that of Wayne Shorter, although his compositions are also reminiscent of the Keith Jarrett Quintet of the '70s when it featured tenor-saxophonist Dewey Redman. The music is part blues and part gospel but also utilizes unusual structures and is consistently unpredictable. Aaron Goldberg (mostly on electric piano) and guitarist Mike Moreno have their solo spots, but John Ellis is the main star, both in his writing and in his distinctive playing. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.65) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ellis delves deep into extended harmony, bobbing and weaving between the colors laid down by Goldberg and guitarist Mike Moreno, and the ensemble delivers smooth post-bop unison lines..."
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