Dance Like There's No Tomorrow

John Ellis

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Dance Like There's No Tomorrow Review

by Scott Yanow

John Ellis' Dance Like There's No Tomorrow is a great deal of fun. The unusual instrumentation of saxophone, accordion or organ and drums is propelled by the tireless sousaphone playing of Matt Perrine. Ellis' originals, which include such wacky songtitles as "Trash Bash," "Tattooed Teen Waltzes with Grandma" and "Three-Legged Tango in Jackson Square" often contain music as colorful as the titles. Favorites include the tango groove of "Three-Legged Tango" and the party music of "Zydeco Clowns on the Lam." While some of the pieces are more laid-back, the creativity of the musicians, with Ellis in superior form throughout on his three reeds, and the unusual tone colors (Gary Versace's organ can sound quite spooky), make this a particularly memorable effort. Certainly the music will always keep one guessing for this is a group with unlimited potential.

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