James Spaulding Plays the Legacy of Duke Ellington
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||Take the 'A' Train||James Spaulding||4:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In a Sentimental Mood||James Spaulding||5:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Come Sunday||James Spaulding||5:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Caravan||James Spaulding||5:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Love You Madly||James Spaulding||2:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lucky So and So||James Spaulding||4:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sophisticated Lady||James Spaulding||6:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing||James Spaulding||7:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Despite being a top altoist and flutist since at least the mid-'60s, when he played with Freddie Hubbard's band, James Spaulding did not get his recording debut as a leader until this 1976 LP. Spaulding, on various flutes, piccolo, soprano and alto, performs eight songs associated with Duke Ellington, including "Take the 'A' Train" (a Billy Strayhorn composition mistakenly co-credited in the liners to Duke), "Come Sunday," an impressive flute showcase on "Sophisticated Lady" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." Spaulding is joined by pianist Cedar Walton, a young Steve Nelson on vibes, bassist Sam Jones, drummer Billy Higgins and percussionist Mtume. The most unusual aspect of this set is that Avery Brooks (who has a deep baritone that Ellington might have liked) sings four of the eight songs. A sincere tribute.
Born: July 30, 1937 in Indianapolis, IN
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s