“Haiku” is Don Elliis’ second album for MPS, recorded in 1973.
“This album is a very different Don Ellis record. Rather than using a big band, the trumpeter is well showcased while backed by a large string section on ten moody originals …much of the music is quite mellow. A definite change of pace”, said Scott Yanow of Allmusic.
“Haiku finds Ellis in largely lyrical territory with a core quintet and varying configurations of a 12-piece string orchestra. Some tracks work better than others, but all point to a musical mind unencumbered by convention, even as he aimed, on other albums, for greater commercial success …A tad inconsistent, perhaps, but Haiku still possesses more charm than syrup; an alternate, lyrical, and more deeply introspective view of the usually more boisterous Ellis—signaling, perhaps, a new direction that, sadly, he’d not be around long enough to explore further.” (John Kelman, All About Jazz)
Composed By, Arranged By, Conductor, Producer, Trumpet – Don Ellis
Bass: Ray Brown
Cello: Frederick Seykora, Raphael Kramer, Ronald Cooper
Drums: John Guerin
String Quartet: Allan Harshman, Erno Neufeld, Israel Baker, Raphael Kramer
Guitar: David Cohen, Larry E. Carlton, Tommy Tedesco on
Harp – Catherine Gotthoffer
Keyboards – Milcho Leviev