Live at Montreux

Date(s) Recorded

September 17, 1966 – September 18, 1966


1. Introduction by Jimmy Lyons – 1:18
2. 33 222 1 222 (Ellis) – 9:51
3. Passacaglia and Fugue (Levy) – 6:13
4. Crete Idea (Ellis) – 6:14*
5. Concerto for Trumpet (Ellis) – 11:48
6. 27/16 (Ellis) – 6:01*
7. Beat Me Daddy, Seven to the Bar (Ellis) – 8:24*
8. New Nine (Ellis) – 11:18

* Included on CD Reissue, not original LP release


Don Ellis – Trumpet
Ruben Leon – Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute
Tom Scott – Alto Sax, Saxello, Flute
Ira Shulman – Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Clarinet
Ron Starr – Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet
John Magruder – Baritone Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Steve Bohannon – Drums
Frank DeLaRosa – Bass
Chuck Domanico – Bass
Alan Estes – Drums
Bob Harmon – Trumpet
Hank Levy – Arranger
Paul Lopez – Trumpet
David MacKay – Organ, Piano
Ron Myers – Trombone
Ray Neapolitan – Bass
Glenn Stuart – Trumpet
Chino Valdes – Bongos, Conga
Edward Warren – Trumpet
Alan Weight – Trumpet
Dave Wells – Trombone
Terry Woodson – Bass Trombone

Liner Notes

Don Ellis


Pacific Jazz ST-20112 (1967)
EMD/Blue Note 94768 (1998) – CD Reissue: Available at CDNOW for $14.49


“Concerto for Trumpet” was recorded at the Pacific Jazz Festival on October 18, 1966.

The Don Ellis Orchestra burst onto the national scene at the Monterey Jazz Festival on August 16, 1966. Ellis and his band captivated the Monterey audience by performing compositions in meters with 5, 9, 11, 19, and 27 beats to the bar. The performance is documented on Live At Monterey, which includes the impromptu verbal introductions Ellis delivered before each selection. Ellis addresses the audience as though he was speaking to a gathering of devoted supporters. His descriptions combine technical explanations of the music with off-the-wall humor.

In describing a composition composed with a 19/4 time signature, Ellis says, “The first number we have is one that is based in what we call the ‘traditional 19,’ nineteen beats

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to the bar. Let me give you the subdivision here, it is 3-3-2-2-2-1-2-2-2. Of course, that’s just the area code.”

The performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival was a triumph for Ellis and his new ensemble. Live at Monterey recording ultimately went on to earn a Grammy award nomination.


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