Melody and groove are the watchwords on John Ellis'
masterful Criss Cross debut, which mixes optimistic
songs composed by the iconic children's television host,
Fred (a.k.a. "Mister") Rogers, himself a fine jazz pianist,
and dark ones by the late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith.
Joined by New York A-listers Mike Moreno (guitar),
Aaron Goldberg (piano),
Matt Penman (bass), and
Rodney Green (drums),
Ellis - playing mostly tenor saxophone and a bit of bass clarinet -
addresses the repertoire with a surefooted time feel, gorgeous tone,
and abiding melodicism.
On September 25, 2012
arts and culture show "Around Noon" featured an interview with
John Ellis about his Criss Cross album
It's You I Like.
You can still listen to the interview in the
WCPN web archives.
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What Do You Do? (Fred Rogers) 7:11
Memory Lane (Elliott Smith) 9:18
It's You I Like (Fred Rogers) 5:33
Everything Means Nothing To Me (Elliott Smith) 8:07
Let's Think Of Something To Do (Fred Rogers) 8:02
Because We're Kids (Frederick Hollander) 2:32
You Are Special (Fred Rogers) 4:55
Waltz #1 (Elliott Smith) 3:41
It's Such A Good Feeling (Fred Rogers) 7:04
Won't You Be My Neighbor (Fred Rogers) 3:02
Total Time: 59:27
October 25, 2011
Brooklyn, NY, USA