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On September 24, 2021.

On September 24, 2021, Alfred James Ellis aka Pee Wee Ellis died aged 80. He was musician (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, flute, keyboards), arranger and composer, worked as musical director and arranger with George Benson, Hank Crawford and Esther Phillips. Ellis recorded and performed with David Liebman, Jack McDuff, Rebirth Brass Band, Shirley Scott, Sonny Stitt, Leon Thomas, Van Morrison, Ginger Baker’s jazz Confusion, The JB Horns, Maceo Parker, Brass Fever, Ali Farka Touré and The Dapps, but was best known as longtime collaborator of James Brown. He co-wrote and recorded some of Brown’s best-known songs like “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud” and “Cold Sweat”. As leader Ellis released 13 albums.

In December 1972.

In December 1972, “Kudu” label released “The Prophet”, the 28th Johnny Hammond album. It was recorded in November 1972, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by Creed Taylor.

Personnel:

  • Johnny Hammond Smith – organ
  • John Eckert, Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Wayne Andre, Dick Griffin – trombone
  • Tony Studd – bass trombone
  • Jerry Dodgion, Maceo Parker – tenor saxophone
  • Pepper Adams, Cecil Payne – baritone saxophone
  • Eric Gale – guitar
  • Ron Carter – bass
  • Billy Cobham – drums
  • Airto Moreira – percussion
  • Andrew Primus – steel drum
  • Pee Wee Ellis – arranger, conductor, electric piano, melodica
  • Carl Carldwell, Lani Groves, Tasha Thomas – vocals 
  • Buddy Lucas – harmonica 
  • Hubert Laws – flute
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Johnny “Hammond” Smith except where noted

  1. Prophet – Alfred Ellis
  2. Tomorrow Belongs to the Children – Bob Gundry
  3. Witchy Woman – Bernie Leadon, Don Henley
  4. Thunder and Lightning – Chi Coltrane
  5. Stand Behind Me – Carole King
  6. Corner of the Sky – Stephen Schwartz

In June 1970.

 

In June 1970, ‘King” label released “It’s a New Day – Let a Man Come In”, the 29th James Brown studio album. It was recorded 1969 – 1970, at “King Studios” in Cincinnati, Ohio, “Paramount Studios” in Los Angels, “Galo Studios” in NY, “Criteria Studios” in Miami, “Harmony Studios” in Los Angels, and was produced by James Brown.

Personnel:

  • James Brown – vocal
  • Maceo Parker – alto saxophone
  • Pee Wee Ellis – alto saxophone
  • Fred Wesley – trombone
  • Eldee Williams – trumpet
  • Joe Davis – trumpet
  • Allen De Rienzo – trumpet
  • Conte Candoli – trumpet
  • Paula Hibbs-Rines – trumpet
  • Richard Griffith – trumpet
  • Waymon Reed – trumpet
  • Henry Sigismonti – French horn
  • William Hinshaw – French horn
  • Don Rand – organ
  • Nat Jones – piano, drums
  • James Vaughan – piano
  • St – Clair Pinckney – bass
  • Bob West – bass
  • ‘Sweet’ Charles Sherrell – electric bass
  • Bernard Purdie – drums
  • John Starks – drums
  • Clyde Stubbelfield – drums
  • Melvin Parker – drums
  • Ben Barrett – drums
  • Beau Dollar – drums
  • Wallace Richardson – guitar
  • Alfonzo Kellum – guitar
  • Kenny Poole – guitar
  • Jimmy Nolen – guitar
  • Sammy Lowe – arranger, conductor
  • Nat Jones – conductor
  • David K. Mathews – orchestration
  • Ron Lenhoff – engineer
  • Bud Hobgood – editing
  • Ron Lenhoff – editing
  • Dan Quest Studio – design

Track listing:

All tracks by James Brown, except where noted.

  1. It’s a New Day, Pts. 1 & 2
  2. Let a Man Come In and Do the Popcorn Pts. 1 & 2
  3. World Pts. 1 & 2
  4. Georgia On My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
  5. It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
  6. Give It Up or Turn It a Loose – Charles Bobbit
  7. If I Ruled the World – Cyril Ornadel, Leslie Bricusse
  8. The Man in the Glass Pt. 1 – Bub Hobgood
  9. I’m Not Demanding Pt. 1 – James Brown, Bub Hobgood

In December 1983.

In December 1983, “Warner Bros” label released “Invitation” the third Jaco Pastorius album. It was recorded at various venues during a tour of Japan, featuring his “Word of Mouth” big band, and was produced by Jaco Pastorius.

Personnel:

  • Jaco Pastorius— electric bass
  • Don Alias– percussion
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Peter Erskine– drums
  • Bobby Mintzer– tenor and soprano saxophone
  • Othello Molineaux– steel drum
  • Jean “Toots” Thielemans– harmonica
  • Elmer Brown, Forrest Buchtel, Ron Tooley – trumpet
  • Jon Faddis– trumpet
  • Wayne Andre– trombone
  • Dave Bargeron– trombone, tuba
  • Peter Graves – bass trombone, co–conductor
  • Bill Reichenbach– bass trombone
  • Mario Cruz– tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinet, alto flute
  • Randy Emerick – baritone saxophone, clarinet
  • Alex Foster– tenor, alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet, piccolo
  • Paul McCandless– tenor saxophone, oboe, English horn
  • Peter Gordon, Brad Warnaar – French horn

Track listing:

  1. Invitation – Bronisław Kaper
  2. Amerika – traditional
  3. Soul Intro/The Chicken – Jaco Pastorius, Pee Wee Ellis
  4. Continuum – Jaco Pastorius
  5. Liberty City – Jaco Pastorius
  6. Sophisticated Lady – Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish
  7. Reza/Giant Steps/Reza (reprise) – Jaco Pastorius, John Coltrane
  8. Fannie Mae – Buster Brown, Clarence Lewis, Morgan Robinson
  9. Eleven – Miles Davis, Gil Evans

In March 1969.

In March 1969, “King” label released “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”, the 27th James Brown studio album. It was recorded August 1967 – October 1968, and was produced by James Brown.

Personnel:

  • James Brown – vocals, organ
  • Bobby Byrd – vocals, organ
  • Ernie Hayes – piano
  • Timothy Hedding – organ, piano
  • Carl Lynch, Jimmy Nolen, Wallace Richardson, Troy Seals, Eddie Setser – guitar
  • Alphonso “Country” Kellum – guitar, bass
  • Tim Drummond, Al Lucas, Bernard Odum, Sweet Charles Sherrell, Ken Tibbets – bass
  • Beau Dollar Bowman, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, John Starks, Clyde Stubblefield – drums
  • Maceo Parker, Eldee Williams – tenor saxophone
  • Pee Wee Ellis – alto and tenor saxophone, organ
  • Les Asch, Dave Parkinson, St. Clair Pinckney – baritone and tenor saxophone
  • Dud Bascomb, Joe Dupars, Richard “Kush” Griffith, Johnny Grimes, Waymon Reed – trumpet
  • Fred Wesley, Dicky Hardone, Levi Rasbury – trombone
  • Selwart Clarke, Winston Collymore, Sidney Edwards, Nick Hardone, Harry Katzman, Harry Malnikoff, Matthew Raimondi – strings
  • Sammy Lowe – conductor, arranger
  • Mitchell Kanner – design
  • Alan Leeds, Harry Weinger – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown, Alfred Ellis
  2. I Guess I’ll Have to Cry Cry Cry – James Brown
  3. Goodbye My Love, Pts. 1 & 2 – James Brown
  4. Shades of Brown – Bud Hobgood
  5. Licking Stick, Pt. 1 – James Brown
  6. I Love You – James Brown, Clyde Stubblefield, Alfonzo Kellum
  7. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – John D. Loudermilk
  8. Let Them Talk – Sonny Thompson
  9. Maybe I’ll Understand – James Brown, Bud Hobgood
  10. I’ll Lose My Mind – James Brown, Bud Hobgood, Bobby Byrd

In March 1967.

In March 1967, “King” label released “James Brown Sings Raw Soul”, the nineteenth James Brown studio album. It was recorded in 1967, and was produced by James Brown.

Personnel:

  • James Brown – vocals
  • Nat Jones – alto saxophone, arranger, conductor
  • Sammy Lowe – arranger, conductor
  • Bobby Bird, Vicki Anderson, Margie Clark, Maretha Stewart– background vocals
  • The Jewels – background vocals
  • Billy Butler, Alfonzo Kellu, Alphonso “Country” Kellum, Lonnie Mack, Jimmy Nolen, Wallace Richardson – guitar
  • Al Lucas, Michael Moore, Bernard Odum, James Tyrell, David Williams – bass
  • Ernie Hayes – organ, piano
  • Dud Bascomb, Martha Harvin, Joe Dupars, Johnny Grimes, Waymon Reed, Ernie Royal – trumpet
  • George Dorsey – alto saxophone
  • Pee Wee Ellis, Sam “The Man” Taylor, Eldee Williams – tenor saxophone
  • Charles Carr, Haywood Henry, Clair Pinckney – baritone saxophone
  • Dicky Harris, Levi Rasbury – trombone
  • Gene Redd – vibraphone
  • Ron Selico – bongos
  • John Starks, Clyde Stubblefield – drums
  • Mitchell Kanner – design
  • Harry Weinger – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Bring It Up – James Brown
  2. Don’t Be a Dropout – James Brown, Nat Jones
  3. Till Then – Eddie Seiler, Guy Wood, Sol Marcus
  4. Tell Me That You Love Me – James Brown, Bud Hobgood
  5. Yours and Mine – James Brown, Bud Hobgood
  6. Money Won’t Change You, Pt. 1 – James Brown, Nat Jones
  7. Money Won’t Change You, Pt. 2 – James Brown, Nat Jones
  8. Only You – Ande Rand, Buck Ram
  9. Let Yourself Go – James Brown
  10. The Nearness of You – Hoagy Carmichael, Ned Washington
  11. Nobody Knows – James Brown, James Crawford
  12. Stone Fox – James Brown, Bud Hobgood

In August 1980.

In August 1980, “Mercury” label released “Common One”, the twelfth Van Morrison studio album. It was recorded in February 1980, at “Super Bear Studios”, and was produced by Van Morrison and Henry Lewy.

Personnel:

  • Van Morrison – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Mick Cox – lead guitar
  • David Hayes- bass, backing vocals
  • Mark Isham- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • John Allair – organ, piano, electric piano, backing vocals
  • Herbie Armstrong – guitar, backing vocals
  • Pee Wee Ellis- tenor and alto saxophones, flute
  • Pete Brewis – backing vocals
  • Peter Van Hooke- drums
  • Pee Wee Ellis – Musical director, horn arrangement:
  • Jef Labes – strings, choir arrangement
  • Henry Lewy, Dave Burgess, Alex Kash, Chris Martyn – engineer
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Rudy Legname – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

  1. Haunts of Ancient Peace
  2. Summertime in England
  3. Satisfied
  4. Wild Honey
  5. Spirit
  6. When Heart is Open

In August 1979.

In August 1979, “Mercury” label released “Into the Music”, the eleventh Van Morrison studio album. It was recorded in 1979, at “Record Plant” in Sausalito, and was produced by Van Morrison and Mick Glossop.

Personnel:

  • Van Morrison – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Herbie Armstrong – guitar, backing vocals
  • Pee Wee Ellis– tenor saxophone
  • David Hayes– bass
  • Mark Isham– trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet
  • Mark Jordan – piano
  • Katie Kissoon– backing vocals
  • Toni Marcus – mandolin, violin, viola, stroviola
  • Peter Van Hooke– drums
  • John Allair – organ
  • Ry Cooder– slide guitar
  • Zakir Hussain– tabla
  • Robin Williamson– penny whistle
  • Kurt Wortman – drums
  • Pee Wee Ellis, Mark Isham – horn arrangements
  • Mick Glossop – assistant producer, recorded, mixing
  • Alex Kash, Leslie Ann Jones – assistant engineer
  • Richard Freeman, Ed Fletcher – coordination
  • Norman Seeff – photography, design

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison, except where noted.

  1. Bright Side of the Road
  2. Full Force Gale
  3. Steppin’ Out Queen
  4. Troubadours
  5. Rolling Hills
  6. You Make Me Feel So Free
  7. Angeliou
  8. And the Healing Has Begun
  9. It’s All in the Game – Charles Dawes, Carl Sigman
  10. You Know What They’re Writing About

In March 1983.

In March 1983, “Mercury” label released “Inarticulate Speech of the Heart” the fourteenth Van Morrison studio album. It was recorded in 1982, at “The Town House” in London, “The Record Plant” in “Harbour Sound” in Sausalito, “Tres Virgos” in San Rafael and “Lombard Sound” in Dublin, and was produced by Van Morrison.

Personnel:

  • Van Morrison– guitar, electric piano, alto saxophone, vocals
  • David Hayes– bass
  • Mark Isham– synthesizer, trumpet
  • John Allair – organ, electric piano
  • Pee Wee Ellis– tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
  • Tom Donlinger – percussion, drums
  • Mihr Un Nisa Douglass – backing vocals
  • Stephanie Douglass – backing vocals
  • Pauline Lozana – backing vocals
  • Arty McGlynn– acoustic guitar
  • Davy Spillane– Uilleann pipes, alto flute
  • Chris Michie– guitar
  • Annie Stocking – backing vocals
  • Bianca Thornton– backing vocals
  • Peter Van Hooke– drums, tambourine

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

  1. Higher than the World
  2. Connswater
  3. River of Time
  4. Celtic Swing
  5. Rave On, John Donne
  6. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 1
  7. Irish Heartbeat
  8. The Street Only Knew Your Name
  9. Cry for Home
  10. Inarticulate Speech of the Heart No. 2
  11. September Night