Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Lisle Ellis: Sucker Punch Requiem

Bassist Lisle Ellis subtitled his new release “An Homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat,” the late New York artist who combined street graffiti and a “neo-expressionist” approach to his gallery pieces in the 1980s before dying at the height of his fame in 1988. The work combines the Roman Catholic Church’s “Mass for the Dead” together with jazz improvisation and quick electronic soundscapes that link the pieces. Ellis also states in the liner notes that he took a Basquiat-esque approach to composition, overwriting some sections and removing others when it seemed appropriate.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published