Van Morrison – Pee Wee Ellis
Van Morrison – Pee Wee Ellis. While it’s not every day you see two musical giants performing together, but this is a special night for anyone seeing it live! Furthermore, they’re both extraordinary at what they do. Also, what a great decision, to speak the lyrics and then sing them in the second verse. Realistically speaking, it normally shouldn’t work but it’s so good.
From the very beginning, Morrison had a calling for Jazz, and this recording shows it. With Ellis’ fantastic Jazz solo, it most certainty works hand in glove with Van’s Voice. Furthermore, this version is quite different from the original. It’s just great to see that the band is letting the jazz influences surface making it so beautiful.
Ellis has performed with a lot of great musicians. While attending high school, he’s also playing professionally with Ron carter, and Chuck Mangione. Then attends Manhattan School of Music taking lessons with Sonny Rollins. Meanwhile, he hits the big time playing with James Brown till 1969. Shortly after he returns to New York collaborating with George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips.
In the late 1970s he moved to San Francisco and formed a band with former Miles Davis sideman David Liebman, with whom he recorded “The Chicken”, which was to become a favorite of Jaco Pastorius. Therefore, it’s important to keep these kind of performances circulating thru the years. Especially for future generations.
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