“Bushido” by John Ellis
This is another song that was just a meditation on a few chords, in this case all minor chords. There was no written melody, just 6 chords (or 5, one is repeated) and a form: 48 bars of 3/4, or 24 bars of 6/4. There were three tunes like this from the session, songs with only chords and structure, but with no pre-set melodies. This one was originally just titled #3. Aya, who did amazing artwork for this one, said it reminded her of samurai, which led to the title, “Bushido”. As always, thanks for listening.
John Ellis – tenor saxophone
Yasushi Nakamura – bass
Jason Marsalis – drums
recorded and mixed at the Big Orange Sheep by Michael Perez-Cisneros
as of yet, unmastered.
Artwork by Aya Sekine (aya_loves_drawing on Instagram)