Liberty Ellman: Orthodoxy

Guitarist Liberty Ellman taps into the M-Base motherlode on this self-produced CD that includes many of the more adventurous musical spirits in the San Francisco Bay area. These include Vijay Iyer on piano, Eric Crystal on saxes, Kevin Mingus (the great one’s grandson) or Hillel Familiant on bass, Rahsaan Fredericks on electric bass, DJ Pause on turntables, Babou Sagna on djembe, and Brad Hargreaves or E.W. Wainwright on drums. Ellman’s atmospherically contrapuntal compositions provide an intriguing environment for all three front-line soloists.