25 July 2006

DON ELLIS - SHOCK TREATMENT




















Ellis released Shock Treatment, his second studio album, in 1968. On this release, Ellis again took advantage of the studio environment to sculpt a sophisticated production that combines eclectic compositions, exotic time signatures, electronic effects, and polished ensemble performances. Shock Treatment also contains Ellis's first recording utilizing a vocal group as part of the ensemble on selections titled "Star Children" and "Night City." The 7/4 selection titled "The Tihai" was presumably motivated by Ellis's studies with Hari Har Rao and illustrates Ellis's liberated use of rhythmic superimpositions over meters with exotic time signatures. Tihai is an Indian musical term that describes a thrice-repeated rhythm played in such a manner that the last note of the phrase is elided with the first beat of a new measure. On the recording, the orchestra engages in vocally presenting the tihai using Indian rhythmic syllables in the middle of the selection. Rhythmic superimpositions that first appear in Shock Treatment ultimately became a major component in Ellis's rhythmic vocabulary.
Don Ellis was such a talented trumpeter, composer, and organizer that everything he recorded as a leader has at least some unusual moments worth exploring. His big bands were characterized by big brassy arrangements, odd meters that somehow always swung, lots of trumpet solos by Ellis, and an often visceral excitement.This late recording of Ellis' band is filled with all these traits, and thus exudes lots of excitement and electricity. At this stage in his career, the trumpeter seemed to be searching for a breakthrough, perhaps on a popular level. This manifests itself with occasional Age of Aquarius vocals and spacy harmonies that appeal to a broad audience. Even the more commercial tracks delight with unconventional characteristics, despite their somewhat compromising nature. There is plenty of the "old" Ellis in full view, however, as the band rocks with its well-known and only half in jest "Beat Me Daddy, Seven to the Bar." Ellis was an emotionally powerful and technically proficient player, something that is sometimes overlooked; his feature on "I Remember Clifford" is a minor tour de force. The trumpeter wrote regularly for his band, but also attracted some outstanding composers, such as Hank Levy and Howlett Smith.Have a listen to Smith's "Opus 5"-recorded in one take-for a fantastic piece of slow building latin influenced big band stratospherics.Takes your breath away!

18 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.de/files/26925582/Shock_Treatment.rar.html

Payola said...

Thanks for posting these Don Ellis albums - I'm a big fan. I would like to contribute to the music sharing blog world, could you give me some tips? arneb_boy @ yahoo .com thanks!

Muse said...

Ellis lives on! Saw him after Indian Lady came out and was b;own away! Thanks & Cheers!

Pekis said...

Hello, Bacoso, thanks for this album !
By the way ... Did anyone see the "Montreux Summit Vol. 2" LP ? (CBS All-Stars, 1977)
(See the vol. 1 on my blog http://leblogdepekis.blogspot.com )

xmnr0x23 said...

http://www.donellismusic.com/Ellis_Recordings/Shock_Treatment/shock_treatment.html

So zim wasn't part of the original release?

Anyway, I think I got Don Ellis' Connection from Soundsational, but it was missing the second track "Alone Again (Naturally)". Any chance of getting that one upped, because I really like that album.

Thanks!

bacoso said...

zim was on the first press of the lp of shock treatment.2nd and 3rd presses it was left off.

its my cd of connection that was posted by soundsational-didnt realise he chopped out "alone again" -can repost for completists!!!anyone want it?

xmnr0x23 said...

*ugh* and you know all that by heart? Don't tell me you are the K-Tel guy ;)

bacoso said...

the k-tel guy???who hell he???
no i'm the google guy!!!

xmnr0x23 said...

http://alma-matters.blogspot.com/2006/06/vinyl-documentary-by-alan-zweig.html

^--- That's who! :)

bacoso said...

now i know what you are talking about-no i'm much worse than the ktel guy but i can guarantee you if i played you some of MY records then you would not be able to guess them!!!in fact i cant even tell what/who they are myself sometimes!!!
i also lead a (fairly)normal life but the thought of living in isolation with all my music sounds kind of appealing-just ship in some booze and women on a regular basis....yea i think could live with that!

xmnr0x23 said...

Worse?! :) Btw, what makes you collect all that music? D'you have a musical background? Does your dad have a huge jazz collection? To impress the ladies and make tapes? ;)

Just curious...

Myself, I listened to a lot of hip-hop and the samples made me curious. Also, movies is a passion of mine and that's how I got hooked on soundtracks of course.

bacoso said...

impress the ladies-bloody hell now i KNOW you must be joking!!!!!!!!!

xmnr0x23 said...

Of course I'm kidding, but reading back what I just wrote made me realize I should have rephrased it. I'm not trying to make fun of you...

I was still on that whole Vinyl thing, I guess.

Sorry man, but I get curious sometimes and it was a genuine question.

bacoso said...

hey i know you're not taking the piss AND i wasn't offended anyway - the comment made me laugh out loud-it was funny whether intentional or not.trying to get a woman in the sack with don ellis on full blast-tough work!
I emailed you earlier -did you get it?

xmnr0x23 said...

Yeah, read it and answered it :) Thanks!

Meester Music said...

Love Don Ellis.

But...not familiar with .rar files.
After I donwload from rapidshare, what do I need to convert to wav/mp3 files?

I'm still kinda new to this stuff and not familiar with rar.

Any help from you kind citizens would be most helpful.

- MEESTER MUSIC

bacoso said...

meester music--download win rar and use it to unzip the files-these are all then in mp3 format.there are no passwords.

Jazzsoulman said...

Just dicovered this Don Ellis Post. but the link is sadly dead. Any chance of a reup? Thanks in advance