Ellis, Dave

Milestone, 2003CD
Instrument: Saxophone

Issue: 9.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 5
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: Dave plays tenor sax and employs an all-star cast including Mulgrew Miller (p), Lewis Nash (d), Christian McBride (b), Vincent Herring (alto sax) and Peter Washington (b). Good musicians plus an excellent set of songs make a great album. Dave’s own tune, “Not That You Asked” and Miller’s “Soul-Leo” have enough funk to entice the contemporary crowd but enough sophistication to engage bebop fans at the same time. Coltrane’s “Grand Central allows Dave and company to stretch out while mellowing out on “Isabella Blue”. Top notch!