Warming Up

Warming Up

Monday, June 20, 2011

Guess The Trumpet Player Winner

Thanks to all who listened to last Thursday’s track and to those who ventured a guess. There were less guesses than normal this week, but no one came up with the correct player so…the winner of the twenty-second edition of the Outside Pants Guess The Trumpet Player contest is…….no one!

Well, if you heard the tune and made it past the first three minutes of solo ring modulated trumpet, then you know that the Beatles tune was McCartney’s classic “Hey Jude.” But this is one crazy version of the tune – complete with a bizarre circus-on-hallucinogens verse and a screaming trumpet section climax with more ring modulated trumpet soloing over top! So who was the trumpet player? Don Ellis! Live at the Fillmore. The whole record is great, but this Hey Jude makes me laugh every time. I won’t get into much about Ellis because I already did – back when I first started this blog. As corny as Don Ellis can get, I still really enjoy his music. 

And now, here is real proof that not only did Don have a great band (although the sax solos here get on my nerves), but they were also all impeccable dressers (like Sun Ra in Vegas) – and dig the “telephone cord” coming out of Don’s proto-electric trumpet:


Indian Lady – 1968 Part One

Indian Lady – 1968 Part Two

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