Big Band Charts by Don Ellis

Don Ellis

Don Ellis

Before his untimely death in 1978 at the young age of 44, Don Ellis was one of the most creative and innovative jazz musicians of all time. In a career span of less than 25 years, Don Ellis distinguished himself as a trumpeter, drummer, composer, arranger, recording artist, author, music critic and music educator.

He is best remembered for his work as a big band leader. His orchestra, which was active from 1966-78, and in varying configurations featured a string section, brass sextet and a woodwind quintet complete with oboe and bassoon, achieved enormous appeal at a time when the taste for big band music was fading.

He won a Grammy Award for his 1972 title composition of the movie "The French Connection", and his band received 2 Grammy nominations for their performances on "Live At Fillmore" and "Soaring".

New rhythmic devices ultimately became the Don Ellis trademark. His compositions frequently displayed time signatures such as 5/4, 7/4, 13/8 and 9/2. Hank Levy, composer of some of the charts offered here and one of Don’s "co-conspirators" in the time revolution, once quipped that "Yes, Don and I do write music in 4/4, we just subdivide it 5-1!" The compositions offered here are the actual charts, in standard big band instrumentation, offered by Ellis Music Enterprises in the 1970s.

 

Big Band Charts by Don Ellis

Parting

Composed by Don Ellis
Arranged by Ron Davis

12/8 lazy blues chart, featuring trumpet soloist (or alto) and big band. From Don’s "Haiku" album where every song is an original composition based on English translations of a Japanese poem depicting an inspiration from nature……"Slowly, the bee comes. From deep within peonies. With such reluctance!"

Note: that word there is Peonies, not ponies like I’ve seen it printed in some literature. It’s not the animal kids ride at the fair, but a
flower…….

Price – $19.95

Final Analysis

Don  Ellis’ own concert opener. In a march/rock 9/4 with a hilarious "Beethoven"  ending!

Price – $19.95

The Magic Bus Ate My Dougnut

By Fred Selden

Nominated for a Grammy Award as best intrumental arrangement of 1971. Moderate difficulty, in a pattern of 3+4+3+5. A modern hard-driving arrangement.

Price – $19.95

The Great Divide

By Don Ellis

A dynamic show stopper! Originally written for Dwight Cannon and the San Jose State College Stage Band.

It’s a very fast 13/4 divided 3+3+2,3+2, and not for the timid, but if your band can master it, you are guaranteed to put the audience on it’s feet yelling for more

 

$19.95

Thetis

Composed by Hank Levy

A hip sounding arrangement in 4/4. A cross between a samba and rock beat.

PRICE – $19.95

The Blues

Composed by Don Ellis

A simple and effective, soulful blues arrangement in 4/4. A good showcase for your best soloist (on any instrument).

PRICE – $19.95