The Chicken (Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis)
Saxophone-player Alfred Ellis was one of James Brown’s “JB horns” back in the sixties. He played with Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker.
This composition of him was made famous by the electric bass-player Jaco Pastorius who recorded it on his album ‘The Birthday Concert’. This big band arrangement features the bass-player but there is plenty of room for other soloists. It starts with the slow 6/4 time part including Jaco’s initial cadenza. Then the bass unfolds his funky Chicken-groove and off we go.
Here is a live-performance of the Sea Sound Big Band with 16 years old Donny ter Horst on bass.