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Don Ellis

tr, 1934-1978 US, Los Angeles
Musician / Composer / Arranger / Producer of Jazz
A.k.a. Donald Johnson Ellis

Don Ellis (July 25, 1934 – December 17, 1978) was an American jazz trumpeter, drummer, composer and bandleader. He is best known for his extensive musical experimentation, particularly in the area of unusual time signatures. 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.

  • Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn
  • Drums
  • Trombone
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Soundtrack
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Alone on Electric Bath by Don Ellis & The Don Ellis Orchestra

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Title Artist Year Type
The Lost Tapes Vol 2Don Ellis2018Album
Live Tanglewood 1968Don Ellis2018Album
Berliner Jazztage, Berliner Philharmonie: November 7, 1968Brian Auger & The Trinity With Julie Driscoll And Don Ellis2018Album
Tears Of Joy / ConnectionDon Ellis2017Compil.
The French Connection Collection (Original Soundtrack Recordings)Don Ellis, Brad Fiedel2016Compil.
Mission: Impossible - The Television ScoresLalo Schifrin, Gerald Fried, Don Ellis, Richard Hazard, Robert Drasnin, Jack Urbont, Richard Markowitz, Robert Prince, Hugo Montenegro, Benny Golson, Harry Geller, Kenyon Hopkins, George Romanis, Duane Tatro2015Compil.
How Time Passes & New IdeasDon Ellis2015Compil.
The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground / Don Ellis At FillmoreThe New Don Ellis Band, Don Ellis2014Compil.
Live In IndiaDon Ellis2010Album
The Seven-Ups / The VerdictDon Ellis / Johnny Mandel2007Album
Sights & SoundsDon Ellis2005Album
The French Connection (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Don Ellis2001Compil.
Don EllisDon Ellis1995Album
How Time PassesDon Ellis1991Compil.
Don EllisDon Ellis1989Compil.
Out Of NowhereDon Ellis, Paul Bley, Steve Swallow1988Album
Out Of NowhereDon Ellis1988Album
Live At MontreuxDon Ellis1978Album
Go Back HomeDon Ellis1973Single
Image Of MariaDon Ellis1973Single
HaikuDon Ellis1973Album
SoaringDon Ellis1973Album
New RhythmsDon Ellis1972Album
ConnectionDon Ellis1972Album
Tears Of JoyDon Ellis1971Album
Tears Of JoyDon Ellis1971Single
Don Ellis At FillmoreDon Ellis1970Album
Homecoming / Star ChildrenDon Ellis1970Single
Hey Jude / Pussy Wiggle StompDon Ellis1970Single
7th Annual Southwestern College / Jazz Concert 1969Don Ellis1969Album
1 2 3 4 5 6extetThe George Russell Sextet Featuring Don Ellis & Eric Dolphy1969Compil.
Shock TreatmentDon Ellis1968Album
33 222 1 222 / Concerto For TrumpetDon Ellis1966Single
Jazz Jamboree 1962 [No. 1]Don Ellis1963Album
EssenceDon Ellis1962Album
...How Time Passes...Don Ellis1961Album
New IdeasDon Ellis1961Album
JazzabeauxDon EllisSingle
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