Deliciously deep saxophone jazz debut Jeff Ellwood – The Sounds Around The House

Deliciously deep saxophone jazz debut Jeff Ellwood – The Sounds Around The House by Jeff Ellwood – THE SOUNDS AROUND THE HOUSE:  This is actually my first listen to the deliciously deep saxophone jazz that Jeff creates, and it’s one of the most rewarding listens I’ve had in 2020.  Though I didn’t see any LIVE videos from this new album, you can get a tantalizing taste of his mastery on this performance of “All Or Nothing At All”…

…you’ll also find several other LIVE performances when you SUBSCRIBE to Jeff’s YouTube channel… I did it right away.

The players are Jeff on tenor sax, Alan Pasqua – Piano; Darek Oles – Bass; Joe LaBarbera – Drums and Bob Sheppard – Saxophone on King Henry… I was especially impressed with Jeff’s high-talent sophistication on tunes like “Old School Blues“; this is a song that jazz DJ’s all across the globe will be putting in constant rotation, I predict!

When it comes to deep and mellow tenor tones, I can honestly say that I haven’t heard a player as well-versed as Jeff on “Agrodolche” (Bittersweet)… Alan’s piano is the perfect counter-match for Jeff’s reed work on this splendid tune.

It was one of the shorter performances (5:27), “The Honeymoon“, that got my vote (immediately) for personal favorite of the nine offered up… robust and high-energy, with perfect recording and flawless execution on each and every note!

I give Jeff and his high-talent players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this excellent debut release.  Get more information on Jeff’s BandCamp page for the album.                              Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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