Sunday, November 27, 2016

Don Elliott Octet & Sextette

Although this is probably not what Harold Arlen had in mind when he wrote the music for his Broadway hit Jamaica, the astounding arrangements Gil Evans did in 1957 for the octet of multi-instrumentalist Don Elliott, are a welcome surprise. His unique jazz approach and the solo talents of Elliott on trumpet, mellophone, vibraphone, marimba and bongos breathe new life into a classic. All the musicians involved perform superbly, with Candido giving excellent support on conga, but the real glory belongs to Evans, whose kaleidoscopic arrangements dominate the album.
About A Musical Offering, recorded the previous year with a sextet, Elliott said he was searching for “the sound of beautiful simplicity.” With that in mind, he had commissioned a young and skilled arranger, Quincy Jones, to write clear-cut, modern arrangements for twelve tunes that, in Quincy’s own words, were “without the complexity of ‘Bird’ and without the dissonance of Kenton. Polite, nonchalant pleasing music. You may call them ‘daylight arrangements’.” They all feature fine soloing by great jazzmen.

Source :

Don Elliott
Octet & Sextette
Arrangements By Gil Evans & Quincy Jones


1 Push de Button (Arlen, Harburg)  5:52
2 Cocoanut Sweet (Arlen, Harburg)  4:07
3 Little Biscuit (Arlen, Harburg)  3:50
4 Savanna (Arlen, Harburg)  3:53
5 Pretty to Walk With (Arlen, Harburg)  3:42
6 Ain't It the Truth ? (Arlen, Harburg)  4:16
7 Napoleon (Arlen, Harburg)  4:58
8 What Good Does It Do ? (Arlen, Harburg)  4:41
9 Soon (Gershwin, Gershwin)  2:45
10 Catana (Newman, DeLange)  2:26
11 Rough Ridin' (Fitzgerald, Jones)  3:29
12 Straits of McClellan (Elliott)  2:53
13 Cry Me a River (Hamilton)  2:34
14 It's You or No One (Styne, Cahn)  2:51
15 Our Love (Clinton, Bernier, Emmerich)  2:52
16 Jazz Me Blues (Delaney)  2:20
17 Azure Te' (Davis)  3:12
18 Miss Wiss-Key (Elliott)  2:30
19 Mood Indigo (Bigard, Mills, Ellington)  2:35
20 Don't You Know I Care (Ellington, David)  2:50


[# 1-8] from the 12" LP "Jamaica Jazz" (ABC Paramount ABC-228)
Don Elliott Octet - Arrangements by Gil Evans
[# 2, 3 & 8]
Don Elliott - tp, mllphn, mrmb & vb
Frank Rehak - tb
Jimmy Buffington, Willie Ruff - fhrn
Hal McKusick - fl, as & b-cl
Dave Kurtzer - bssn
Paul Chambers - b
Art Taylor - dr
Candido Camero - cng
[# 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7]
Don Elliott - tp, mllphn, mrmb & bng
Don Ashworth, Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque - fl, ob & egh
Al Klink - b-cl & ts
Barry Galbraith - g
Ernie Furtado - b
Art Taylor - dr
Candido Camero - cng [# 4 & 6]
Recorded in New York City ; November 26 & December 23, 1957.
[# 9-20] from the 12" LP "A Musical Offering" (ABC Paramount ABC-106)
Don Elliott Sextette - Arrangements by Quincy Jones
Don Elliott - mllphn & vb
Herbie Mann - fl & ts
Al Cohn - bs, replaced by Sol Schlinger [# 10, 11, 17, 18 & 20]
Joe Puma - g
Vinnie Burke - b
Osie Johnson - dr
Recorded in Newark, New Jersey ; June 29 & 30, 1956.


steve said...

Thanks Mel . . . hadn't heard this before. Great personnel and arrangers!!!

danair said...

Great upgrade for me,thank you Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

cvllos said...

Oh, Melanchthon!
My preferred Jazzy brassman.
Many thanks!
I take the oportunity to call atention to the quality of Quincy Jones arrangements.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks a lot Mel

lucky5 said...

Thank you very much, Mel!!

trombonecholli said...

Hi Mel,

thanks for this, I did not know about it. Don is a favorite of mine.

Luis said...

As always, you are the best, and Freshsound too!

altorodao said...

Muchas gracias desde Monteviudeo

David said...

Excellent! I had no idea of its existence. Cheers!

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Bhowani said...

Only one word : Gloups !

agmosk said...

Thank you very much!

AmyBRAINS said...

Great album.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Cooljazz said...

Thanks for the Don Elliott album.

fcapeau said...

Many thanks, Mel, I really love this musician.

upkerry14 said...

I'll add to the "I didn't know this one existed" chorus. So thank you! Looking forward to hearing it. best, b

glinka21 said...

Excellent choice to upload, Mel. Thank you. :)

pedro gamundi said...




Oliver Besner said...

Could you please please please reupload this album along with the Herbie Mann records? I know the link is several years old but Rapidshare has officially bit the dust and these albums are all gone. I'd greatly appreciate it so much! Perhaps try Zippyshare?

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

Pepin said...

muchas gracias Mel.

neil said...

Missed this first time around, mel; so many thanks for the re-up...

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

John Pickworth said...

Many Thanks !

alfred venison said...

hi, there may be a problem. i have downloaded both files a couple of times. they down load as two (2) files exactly the same length (184,029kb) with different names. i get an error on trying to unpack. -regards, a.v.

John Pickworth said...

It didn't work for me either !

Melanchthon said...

Yep, a file is missing, i'll fix it.

Melanchthon said...

Angelo said...

Muitíssimo obrigado!!!

Vamos ouvir!

alfred venison said...

all is good now, many thanks. -a.v.

musician3 said...

AMAZING...........................THANK YOU FOR ALL

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

der bajazzo said...

Thank you for the re-up. melanchthon.

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks for that one. Best to you Mel.

WOODY said...

Very fine music with nice arrangements and instrumentation, so thank's a lot for this excellent album.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you and thanks for the intro to Don Elliott!

Anonymous said...

links are dead

trucha3 said...

Sorry to ask for a re-up - when you have a chance, please? I would love to hear this wonderful album, as well. Thanks.