Body And Soul

by John Ellis

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Body And Soul by Johnny Green

I studied Coleman Hawkins' famous 1939 version of this song when I was a student at UNO many years ago. It's been one of my favorite ballads to play ever since. Louis Armstrong was the first to record it in the year it was composed, 1930. So here we are, one year shy of this song's 90th birthday. Never gets old.


released August 27, 2019
John Ellis - bass clarinet
Yasushi Nakamura - bass
Jason Marsalis - drums

Recorded and mixed by Michael Perez-Cisneros at The Big Orange Sheep.

Artwork by Aya Sekine (aya_loves_drawing on Instagram)


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John Ellis is widely recognized as one of New York’s premiere tenor saxophone voices. With more than 150 album credits as a sideman, John can be heard with artists as wide ranging as Charlie Hunter, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Darcy James Argue, Dr Lonnie Smith, and Helen Sung. John has released ten albums as a leader, three of those featuring his wildly popular New Orleans-centered band Double-Wide. ... more

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