1972 Don Ellis – Connection

Connection is an album by trumpeter/bandleader Don Ellis recorded in 1972 and released on the Columbia label. The album features big band arrangements of pop hits of the day along with Ellis’ “Theme from The French Connection” which won him a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement in 1973.


1  Put It Where You Want It (Joe Sample) 04:27
2  Alone Again (Naturally) (Gilbert O’Sullivan) 02:37
3  Superstar (Andrew Lloyd Webber; Tim Rice) 04:08
4  I Feel The Earth Move (Carole King) 04:00
5  Theme From “The French Connection” (Don Ellis) 03:52
6  Conquistador (Gary Brooker; Keith Reid) 03:36
7  Roundabout (Jon Anderson; Steve Howe) 04:32
8  Chain Reaction (Hank Levy) 09:05
9  Goodbye To Love (John Bettis; Richard Carpenter) 03:37
10  Lean On Me (Bill Withers) 03:07
11  Train To Get There (Dick Halligan) 03:49


BassDave McDaniel
DrumsRalph Humphrey
DrumsRon Dunn
GuitarJay Graydon
ClavinetMilcho Leviev
Fender RhodesMilcho Leviev
OrganMilcho Leviev
PianoMilcho Leviev
ClarinetSam Falzone
FlugelhornDon Ellis
FlugelhornBruce MacKay
FlugelhornGil Rathel
FlugelhornGlenn Stuart
FlugelhornPaul Bogosian
FluteVince Denham
FluteFred Selden
FluteGary Herbig
FluteSam Falzone
French HornSidney Muldrow
SaxVince Denham
SaxFred Selden
SaxGary Herbig
SaxSam Falzone
TromboneKenny Sawhill
TromboneGlenn Ferris
TrumpetDon Ellis
TrumpetBruce MacKay
TrumpetGil Rathel
TrumpetGlenn Stuart
TrumpetPaul Bogosian
TubaDoug Bixby
CongasLee Pastora
TimbalesCarmelo Garcia
PercussionCarmelo Garcia
PercussionRon Dunn

Liner Notes

Producer – Teo Macero
Producer (Associate) – Meade Brown
Arranged By – Sam Falzone (Track 1)
Arranged By – Milcho Leviev (Tracks 2, 3)
Arranged By – Dick Halligan (Tracks 4, 11)
Arranged By – Don Ellis (Track 5)
Arranged By – Hank Levy (Tracks 6, 8)
Arranged By – Fred Selden (Track 7, 9)
Arranged By – Earle Corry (Track 10)
Engineer – Phil Macy
Engineer (Remix) – Stan Weiss

Photography – Barry Feinstein

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Electric Cello – Pat Kudzia
Electric Viola – Denyse Buffum
Electric Violin – Earle Corry, Tom Buffum