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Bushido by John Ellis

This is another song that was just a meditation on a few chords, in this case all minor chords. There was no written melody, just 6 chords (or 5, one is repeated) and a form: 48 bars of 3/4, or 24 bars of 6/4. There were three tunes like this from the session, songs with only chords and structure, but with no pre-set melodies. This one was originally just titled #3. Aya, who did amazing artwork for this one, said it reminded her of samurai, which led to the title, "Bushido". As always, thanks for listening.


released September 10, 2019
John Ellis - tenor saxophone
Yasushi Nakamura - bass
Jason Marsalis - drums

recorded and mixed at the Big Orange Sheep by Michael Perez-Cisneros
as of yet, unmastered.

Artwork by Aya Sekine (aya_loves_drawing on Instagram)


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John Ellis New York

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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