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Don Ellis

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To be a true artist you have to play the way you feel - not the way others think you should feel.

— Don Ellis

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Because when we are right there is not a band in the world that can touch us!

— Don Ellis

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I expect the audience to come up to my level. I am not interested in compromising my music to make it palatable to an assumed sub-standard mass.

— Don Ellis

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I got bored with the old way - it came too easy. I worked until I could play and chord changes at any tempo in any key, and then said 'What else is there?' Now I'm finding out.

— Don Ellis

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If one takes all the styles in jazz harmonically from the earliest beginnings to the latest experiments, he still has a rather limited scope when compared to the rest of music in the world.

— Don Ellis

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On those long notes behind the trumpet solo, if anyone lets his mind wander for a minute he is dead.

— Don Ellis

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About Don Ellis

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The record was released by MPS Records which would also release Ellis's next album Haiku. Ellis later won a Grammy for this project ("Best Instrumental Arrangement") and was asked to write the music to the film's sequel French Connection II in 1975. A later recording of Austin's piece featuring Ellis bassist Barre Phillips drummer Joe Cocuzzo and the New York Philharmonic (directed by Bernstein) was released on an album entitled Leonard Bernstein Conducts Music Of Our Time (1965).

Don Ellis (July 25 1934–December 17 1978) was an American jazz trumpeter drummer composer and bandleader. Later in his life he worked as a film composer among other works contributing a score to 1971's The French Connection and 1973's The Seven-Ups.

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