Date(s) Recorded



Put It Where You Want It (Sample / arr. Falzone)
Alone Again (Naturally) (O’Sullivan / arr. Leviev)
Superstar (Webber-Rice/ arr. Leviev)
I Feel the Earth Move (King / arr. Halligan)
Theme from The French Connection (Ellis)
Conquistador (Reid-Brooker / arr. Levy)
Roundabout (Anderson-Howe / arr. Selden)
Chain Reaction (Levy)
Goodbye to Love (Carpenter-Bettis / arr. Selden)
Lean on Me (Withers / arr. Corry)
Train to Get There (Halligan)


Don Ellis – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Fred Selden – Alto Sax, Flute, Soprano Sax, Piccolo, Alto Flute
Vince Denham – Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute, Piccolo
Sam Falzone – Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Flute
Gary Herbig – Baritone Sax, Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe
Glenn Stuart – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bruce MacKay – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Bogosian – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gil Rathel – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sidney Muldrow – French Horn
Glenn Ferris – Trombone
Ken Sawhill – Bass Trombone
Doug Bixby – Tuba
Joel Quivey – Violin
Earle Corry – Violin
Renita Koven – Viola
Pat Kudzia – Cello
Jay Graydon – Guitar
Milcho Leviev – Piano, Fender Rhodes, Organ, Clavinet
Dave McDaniel – Bass
Ralph Humphrey – Drums
Ron Dunn – Drums, Percussion
Lee Pastora – Conga

Liner Notes

Leonard Feather


Columbia KC 31766 (1972)


Liner notes includes excerpt from Leonard Feather’s book From Satchmo to Miles.

Connection (1972) features several arrangements of popular rock songs forced into meters different than the original – none of which were arranged by Ellis. Based on Ellis’s success of his film score to the movie The French Connection, the popular “Theme from the French Connection” was included on this release. Also included

on the release was Hank Levy’s “Chain Reaction,” a piece Levy considered to be his finest effort for the Ellis ensemble. The scope and sophistication of Levy’s composition makes it stand apart from the rest of the pop-influenced selections on the recording. Connection was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1972.


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