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  • Dave Ellis (2004)

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    Tenor saxophonist Dave Ellis has long been a key figure in the fertile Northern California jazz scene. His story is a tapestry woven from myriad musical adventures. It begins with his days as a ten-year-old musical prodigy and opens on a new chapter with State of Mind, his debut recording for Milestone, featuring a sterling jazz veteran cast of pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassists Peter Washington and Christian McBride, drummers Carl Allen and Lewis Nash, and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring.

    Along the way, Ellis was named Best New Talent (along with Diana Krall) in the 1997 Jazziz magazine Readers Poll. He scooped up two 1999 California Music Awards--for Outstanding Jazz Album and Outstanding Jazz Artist in Northern California, and jazz critics hailed his mature saxophone style for its "enveloping sound and emphatic attack" (Bob Blumenthal, Atlantic Monthly) and its "alternately earthy, probing, and lyrical" sound (Mike Joyce, Washington Post). As legendary record producer Orrin Keepnews writes in his liner notes to the first new Ellis recording in five years, "even on the shifting and difficult terrain of early 21st century jazz, a talent as formidable as his should and will be recognized."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 John Coltrane Coltrane's Sound The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Atlantic)
    # 2 Johnny Hodges, featuring John Coltrane Great Moments in Jazz, Vol. 2, Alto Masters In a Mellotone (Swing Treasury)
    # 3 Weather Report Weather Report (1982 NYC Part I: 41st Parallel (Columbia)
    # 4 Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas Skating (Fantasy)
    # 5 Clifford Brown jr Clifford Brown Memorial Album Minor Mood (Blue Note)
    # 6 Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, featuring Paul Hanson At Monterey We'll Be Together Again Not commercially available
    # 7 Yusef Lateef Eastern Sounds Love Theme from "Spartacus" (OJC)
    # 8 John Coltrane Afro-Blue Impressions Naima (Pablo)
    Book A book of manuscript paper
    Luxury Item A piano
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Bill Bell Just Swing, Baby N/A (Jazz Professor Records)
    Alt 2 Art Blakey Free for All N/A (Blue Note)
    Alt 3 John Coltrane Blue Trane N/A (Blue Note)
    Alt 4 Miles Davis N/A N/A N/A
    Alt 5 Duke Ellington Piano Reflections N/A (Capitol)
    Alt 6 Bill Evans Everybody Digs Bill Evans N/A (Riverside)
    Alt 7 Dexter Gordon N/A N/A N/A
    Alt 8 Lionel Hampton Just Jazz Stardust (MCA)
    Alt 9 Joe Henderson Mode for Joe N/A (Blue Note)
    Alt 10 Freddie Hubbard Eternal Triangle with Woody Shaw N/A (Capitol)
    Alt 11 Elvin Jones Live at the Lighthouse, Vol.s 1 & 2 N/A (Blue Note)
    Alt 12 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus St Thomas (OJC)
    Alt 13 Woody Shaw Rosewood N/A (Columbia)
    Alt 14 Lester Young N/A N/A N/A
    Alt 15 Larry Young Unity N/A (Blue Note)
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