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Don Ellis played trumpet in big bands and orchestras before leading his own bands and recording his own compositions. He experimented with odd time signatures and unusual instrumentations, and his Eastern-influenced jazz gained popularity during the psychedelic 1960s. Ellis also invented a four-valve trumpet and developed a slide/valve trombone called a "superbone."

Ellis won a Grammy for his soundtrack to The French Connection.

Biography Overview Donald Johnson Ellis 1934-1978, the Man… his Times and most importantly his Music… read more

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  • Avatar for catarinacassius
    goooooosebumps dude
  • Avatar for TheTaint
    Not quite my tempo.
  • Avatar for aproragadozo
    Best cover of Hey Jude ever. [2]
  • Avatar for BraveSirRobben
    So amazing!
  • Avatar for Weirdomusic
    Only 3200 listeners for THE Don Ellis?
  • Avatar for radar123
    wow. just...wow.
  • Avatar for SirAlecHendrix
    Don Ellis—now connected to the group ➤ [group]future of jaZz[/group]
  • Avatar for gwalla
    Best cover of Hey Jude ever.
  • Avatar for tergan
    i listened to Live at Monterey from an early age. Years later when i discovered King Crimson their odd meters didn't phase me a bit ;)
  • Avatar for arnsteot
    sadly unknown jazz artist..difficult to find anyone more adventurous and naturally experimental in the world of jazz i'd have to say

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