New Ideas (album)

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New Ideas
New Ideas (album).jpg
Studio album by Don Ellis
Released 1961
Recorded May 11, 1961
Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 44:44
Label New Jazz
NJLP 8257
Producer Esmond Edwards
Don Ellis chronology
Out of Nowhere
(1960)Out of Nowhere1960
New Ideas

New Ideas is an album by trumpeter Don Ellis recorded in 1961 and released on the New Jazz label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Down Beat 5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[5]

Down Beat magazine critic Pete Welding said in his five star review of February 15, 1962: "This collection I find brilliant in every respect. Ellis' compelling music warrants complete attention if only for the freshness, ingenuity, and striking originality of its conception."

The Allmusic site awarded the album 4 stars stating "Don Ellis experiments with time, new chord structures, and free improvisation... Even over 40 years later, his thoughtful musical experiments of the early '60s are often quite fascinating to hear".[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz said "Challenging, provocative music sympathetically recorded by Rudy Van Gelder. The band is on the case from start to finish, with a particular word of praise for Francis, who has a demanding role".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Don Ellis

  1. "Natural H." - 4:33
  2. "Despair to Hope" - 4:19
  3. "Uh-Huh" - 8:15
  4. "Four and Three" - 5:05
  5. "Imitation" - 7:57
  6. "Solo" - 2:17
  7. "Cock and Bull" - 7:06
  8. "Tragedy" - 5:12



  1. ^ Prestige Records New Jazz catalogue discography accessed May 24, 2013
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review, accessed May 24, 2013
  3. ^ Down Beat: February 15, 1962 vol. 29, no. 4
  4. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 408. ISBN 0141023279. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 71. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.