Henceforth, 2008, CD
Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O’s Notes: Lisle plays bass and adds a healthy dose of electric sounds. They open with “Summonings” which is almost like a sound effects track on a wild suspense movie. Lisle’s inspiration for this session was the graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sucker Punch Requiem has a structure based off of the Catholic Mass for the Dead. Ellis uses an abundance of overtones on his musical canvas to depict many emotions. The titles provide insight into his mind and the music: “X-Ray Gray”, “Suicide Study” and “Perishable Fig. 3” are a few. There is anger, pain and exuberance here amidst some powerful moments. We enjoyed the session especially “Las Pulgas”. Holly Hofmann (fl), Oliver Lake (sax) and Mike Wofford (p) are among the tight musical team. This may be too far gone for many but it’s worth checking out!