“Live At Monterey” is an LP by the Don Ellis Orchestra recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966.
One of the most exciting new jazz big bands of the period, the Ellis ensemble gained notariety for its ability to play coherently in odd time signatures. One of the four originals heard on this acclaimed outing is titled “33 222 1 222” and demonstrated how the band could play in 19/4 time.
In addition to the time signatures, Ellis enjoyed utilizing unusual combinations of instruments; the instrumentation on this date consists of five trumpets, three trombones, five saxes, piano, three bassists, two drummers and a percussionist.
Among the more notable sidemen are a young Tom Scott and tenor-saxophonist Ira Schulman.
Original Issue. Very Rare. LP. Pacific Jazz PJ-10112. VG*****