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ABOUT THE DON ELLIS CRITICAL EDITIONS

Exciting news for fans of Don Ellis' music: The Don Ellis Critical Editions is a series of NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED charts from the book of the Don Ellis Orchestra! Some of Ellis' most-requested charts are being published in this series through UNC Jazz Press, including:

STRAWBERRY SOUP • STAR CHILDREN • LOSS
OPEN WIDE • KC BLUES • WHIPLASH
A NEW KIND OF COUNTRY • IMAGE OF MARIA

These are not watered-down student versions, like some which have appeared in the past. Nor are these "record copies," or transcriptions from records and concert tapes. These charts are professionally typeset DIRECTLY FROM THE CHARTS IN THE ELLIS BOOK. Painstakingly reset note-for-note, these great pieces are finally getting the meticulous treatment they deserve.

Each chart has a FULL SCORE, not just a 1 or 2 line reduction. Parts and score are typeset using professional notation software for clarity and accuracy. Some of the issues with previous Ellis publications are being addressed in this series.

These charts are SUITABLE FOR PERFORMANCE AND STUDY. Ellis alumni and other musicians and pedagogues who have experience with Ellis' music and odd-meter jazz in general have been consulted on ease-of-reading issues, performance practices, rehearsal problems, etc., and their recommendations will be reflected in these editions. Cuts, variations, modifications and optional parts used by Ellis have been included and discriminately notated.

This project is headed by Nick DiScala, a noted Ellis scholar who has done extensive research and study into the life and music of this great composer, and whose previous projects have included the recording of Ellis compositions. DiScala has been the major facilitator in working with the Ellis estate and UNC Jazz Press for making this project a reality. He is assisted by Russell Scarbrough, a former member of Hank Levy's Towson State Jazz Ensemble who has played, conducted, and studied Ellis' and Levy's music.

At this time, Strawberry Soup, Loss and Star Children are available and several more are being prepared. New editions will be released periodically. Updates on project status will periodically be announced on this page. For more up-to-date information, contact Russell Scarbrough or Nick DiScala.

This site will be periodically updated to announce progress made in the publication process, including confirmed dates for releases when they become available (see the Frequently Asked Questions for more info).

 

   

 

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