The Last Drop

by John Ellis

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The Last Drop
composed by John Ellis

I made up a game for this session to try to write tunes with only chord changes, so in other words - no written melodies. I sketched out three of these the morning of the recording before I left for the studio. This one was originally just called, "Number One". The idea was to try and figure out the right arrangement on the spot and also to improvise a melody. I've always loved these kinds of tunes with passing diminished chords. My old friend and frequent collaborator, Jason Marsalis, happened to be in town and just called to check in. Of course I had to ask him to be involved in this ongoing recording project I've been doing. I also called the great Yasushi Nakamura to play bass with us. Yasushi played in my trio when I toured in Japan in June of 2016, and we had a blast.


released July 29, 2019
John Ellis - saxophone
Yasushi Nakamura- bass
Jason Marsalis - drums

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


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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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