|Personnel: Don Ellis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Don Ellis; Laurie Badessa, Pam Tompkins (violin); Jimbo Ross (viola); Paula Hochhalter (cello); Ann Patterson (piccolo, oboe, reeds, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Ann Patterson (piccolo, oboe, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Gil Rathel, Gil Rathel (trumpet); Leon Gaer (synthesizer, bass synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer, EWI, bass instrument, electric bass, 8-string bass); Darrell Clayborn (bass instrument, upright bass); Ruth Ritchie, Ruth Ritchie (timpani, percussion); Jim Snodgrass (flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, baritone saxophone); Ted Nash (flute, clarinet, reeds, alto saxophone); James Coile (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Glenn Stuart, Jack Coan (trumpet); Sidney Muldrow (French horn); Alan Kaplan (trombone); Richard Bullock (bass trombone); Jim Self (tuba); Randy Kerber (piano, keyboards); Dave Crigger, Mike Englander (drums, percussion).
|Don Ellis' final record as a leader (he passed away from a bad heart in Dec. 1978) is a worthwhile effort. Ellis' large orchestra (four reeds, eight brass, one keyboard, two bassists, two drummers, two percussionists and a string quartet) performs six of the leader's originals and, although none of the songs are all that memorable, there are many fine solos. The main players are trumpeter Ellis, Ted Nash on tenor, alto and clarient and trombonist Alan Kaplan. ~ Scott Yanow