When last we had heard from him, Liberty Ellman was charming the pants off of discerning listeners. He could write clever, oblong compositions full of overlapping rhythms; he favored Steve Coleman’s sophisticated funk and classic bebop equally; and his hollow-body electric guitar sounded terrific alongside Mark Shim’s saxophone. For that side of Ellman, consult the guitarist’s Tactiles recording. With Ophiuchus Butterfly, the emphasis has shifted.
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