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Ellis, Mike / Chicago Spontaneous Combustion Suite
Album:Chicago Spontaneous Combustion Suite Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ellis, Mike Added:12/2007
Label:Alpha Pocket 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-02-24 Pull Date:2008-04-27 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:27 Apr20 Apr16 Mar2 Mar
Airplays:1111

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 25, 2008:Memory Select
Part 12
3.Mar 14, 2008:Memory Select
Part 9
2.Apr 18, 2008:Memory Select: Glennie/Frith preview
Part 4
4.Feb 29, 2008:Memory Select
Part 2 [excerpt]

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-02-22 
Abstract improvisation from a horn-heavy quintet, mostly keeping to a jazzy feel but with touches of European "sound experiment" improv.

The 1- and 2-minute snippets are some of the best tracks, with a fun and direct approach -- they'd make nice interludes during any show. Longer tracks, such as the first three, tend to wander and favor a slower atmosphere -- rewarding, but requiring more patience.

Doesn't compare well to some of the improv efforts out of Europe (one jazz-related example being Tony Bianco and Paul Dunmall's "Hour Glass" album) ... the five members seem a bit too cautious, and that can bog down some of the longer tracks.

1- Perky horns at start; slows to a groaning middle section.
2- Long track. Starts with bruising aggression, later slips into a quieter, jazzy sound
3- Slow, bleating. Almost a jazzy feel. Some cool fast soloing near the end.
4- Brisk, jazzy, breezy
5- Perky fast chamber music, a bit fun
7- Burly baritone sax & jazzy drum rolling
8- A quick-stepping march, feels incomplete
9- Gets into some almost straight-jazz soloing and a fast toe-tapping triple-solo segment, after a quiet start. Mid/fast, nice.
10- Some dramatic bowed bass....
11- Slow horns
13- Careful horn lines, not entirely successful.
14- Drum solo: careful snare work
15- Bass solo
16- Solo bass trumpet
17- Solo trumpet
18- Fluttery sax solo
19- Spirited group improv, fairly fast, short.

Track Listing
1.Part 1 10.Part 10
2.Part 2 11.Part 11
3.Part 3 12.Part 12
4.Part 4 13.Part 13
5.Part 5 14.Part 14
6.Part 6 15.Part 15
7.Part 7 16.Part 16
8.Part 8 17.Part 17
9.Part 9 18.Part 18
 19.Part 19