Mighty Quinn Productions
| July 15–17, 1962
Los Angeles, California|
New Ideas, Don Ellis Orchestra 'Live' at M, How Time Passes, The French Connection / French, Don Ellis Live at Montreux
Essence is an album by trumpeter Don Ellis recorded in 1962 and released on the Pacific Jazz label.
Reviewed in the January 3, 1963 issue of Down Beat magazine, jazz critic Richard B. Hadlock said that "Over and over throughout the 44 remarkable minutes of this recording the force of Ellis' extraordinary musicianship makes itself felt. Indeed, at times his complete mastery of the horn almost seems to get in the way. But this is a brilliant young musician with original ideas to offer..."
The Allmusic site awarded the album 4 stars stating "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... This is thought-provoking music that was certainly way overdue to be reissued." The Penguin Guide to Jazz said "The group is a fine one; even the little-known drummers play with authority and seem equal to Ellis's developing rhythmic obsessions. ...Bley is fascinating and Peacock his usual authoritative self."
All compositions by Don Ellis except as indicated
Don Ellis - trumpet
Paul Bley - piano
Gary Peacock - bass
Nick Martinis, Gene Stone - drums
- "Johnny Come Lately" (Billy Strayhorn) - 4:57
- "Slow Space" - 4:36
- "Ostinato" - 7:35
- "Donkey" (Carla Bley) - 4:39
- "Form" - 10:15
- "Angel Eyes" (Earl Brent, Matt Dennis) - 4:26
- "Irony" - 5:16
- "Lover" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 3:23
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