DON ELLIS - LIVE IN INDIA CD!!
Don Ellis traveled to India to perform two concerts in Bombay (now Mumbai), India in Janurary of 1978 with a small group consisting of Emilie Diehl, vocals; Randy Kerber, keyboards; Leon Gaer, bass; and David on drums. The recent unearthing of a tape of those concerts, combined with David's production, restoration, editing and mastering work, along with the efforts of Ellis historian Ken Orton and Gary Gilles of Sleepy Night Records now allows those performances to finally be shared.
"I remember at the time being so happy and honored to be able to make this trip to India with Don. His love of Indian Music was so great, and I knew how much this trip (his only trip to India) meant to him. It was such a joy to see him greeted in India with so much respect and recognition; and to just be with him as we watched the many Indian Music concerts at the festival, took lessons with local players, shopped for instruments, and just explored the people and the culture of that fascinating land. A land that had given birth to a music that he obviously loved so much... music that was such a large influence on his music... that I loved so much.
Now some thirty years later, I'm honored again at being able to help bring this music to all of Don's fans that couldn't be with us in Bombay back in the '78. In light of the fact that Don wrote so much music and so little of it, particularly in his last few years, got recorded, I'm thrilled that we are able to bring to light five compositions that have never been released before in any form." - David
"Don Ellis - Live in India" is a limited pressing CD only available from Sleepy Night Records directly - for more info, audio samples or to order click here