The John Ellis Band
The John Ellis Band John Ellis Group

John Ellis - saxophones
Mike Moreno - guitar
Derrek Phillips - drums
Alan Hampton - bass
Aaron Parks - piano

John Ellis is one of the most exciting young tenor saxophonists in jazz today. While he's best known for his work as a key member of the Charlie Hunter Trio, he's quickly become a compelling leader in his own right. Having recently signed to the eclectic New York City independent record label Hyena, he's released his new album, By a Thread. With By a Thread, John Ellis follows up his critically-acclaimed One Foot In The Swamp, and he does so by largely shifting courses from its funk-laden predecessor. This time around, he dives deeper into harmonically complex waters, but true to his distinct voice as a songwriter, Ellis never sacrifices his penchant for classic hooks. "I wasn't particularly trying to make a jazz record, a funk record, a world music record, but rather to make a record that is an honest attempt to create a personal sound," state Ellis. "Personally, I love music that falls into many different categories, so the goal was really just to create good music."