wonder what the title means. I have a general facination with
astronomy. Here is a link to information about a butterfly nebula
resiuding in the Ophiuchus consellation:
RELEASE FOR OPHIUCHUS BUTTERFLY
"I'm interested in making a solid album from start to finish with regards to the writing, ensemble and the quality of the recording. It's more than just a document of the moment in this case. To me, guitar chops are only a piece of the puzzle. However many guitar solos fit into the larger scheme is just determined by what the music requires."
The music, in any case, is remarkable. Whether it's the tight ensemble playing, rigorous writing, dazzling counterpoint and dauntingly propulsive no, make that just plain funky grooves of Tarmacadam, or Ophiuchus Butterfly, the rich, eerie harmonies of the postmodern blues ballad Aestivation, or the electronic/acoustic hybrid sound experiments of Snow Lips or Borealis, this are bracingly original, detailed compositions performed by a sextet that's more than equal to their technical and emotional demands.
"I've been trying some music that has a more ambitious, composed element to it, and I wanted to expand the ensemble a bit to achieve certain textures," Ellman recalls, "including having a really thick low end, which can emphasize the groove. The bass and the tuba are sometimes doubling and other times complementing each other underneath what's happening with the horns and guitar. The alto, tenor and guitar play these interlocking melodies and create this rich, contrapuntal fabric."
While this is quite definitely ensemble music, it's still music that lets the individual players express their personalities in its roiling, shifting structures - Ellman and saxophonists Steve Lehman and Mark Shim passing melodies back and forth, tuba player Jose Davila and bassist Stephan Crump doubling low-end lines or playing complementary but discrete parts, and drummer Gerald Cleaver acting as the fulcrum around which the pieces effervesce.
And everywhere that remarkable marriage of demanding compositional harmony and body-moving rhythm. "What I would hope to capture in some of this music is the presence of a really powerful and hypnotic rhythm with this exploratory and informed harmonic and melodic structure on top," says Ellman. "There's an intellectual feed but also a groove you could dance to."
"Music," he smiles, "that can bob your head and raise your eyebrow at the same time."
Quotes and things....
guitarist, Ellman plays with a rhythmic charge and a decisive
liked it. I need to check this guy out! 5 stars."
got one of the contemporary
scene's most singular approaches to the modern guitar
of the pleasures I get out of
reviewing music is the occasional surprise that results from hearing a
new voice that has originality. Ellman certainly fits that bill.
about a talent deserving wider recognition."
"... absorbing, challenging music from a guitarist who, like
his peers Jeff Parker and Ben Monder, is keen on avoiding cliche.
Definitely a name to watch."
"With a clear, sharp tone recalling Grant Green, Ellman
an imaginative style that--in the tradition of such great innovators as
Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk--is at once modern and classic."