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||From the New Orleans Suite: Thanks for the Beautiful Land On the Delta||Stefon Harris||6:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the New Orleans Suite: Portrait of Wellman Braud||Stefon Harris||5:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the New Orleans Suite: Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies||Stefon Harris||3:53||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the Queen Suite: Sunset and the Mockingbird||Stefon Harris||5:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the Queen Suite: The Single Petal of a Rose||Stefon Harris||4:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the Gardner Meditations: Memoirs of a Frozen Summer||Stefon Harris||6:54||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the Gardner Meditations: African Tarantella||Stefon Harris||8:58||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the Gardner Meditations: Dancing Enigma||Stefon Harris||8:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
On this unusual project, vibraphonist Stefon Harris performs three excerpts apiece from Duke Ellington's "New Orleans Suite" and his lesser-known "The Gardner Meditations" plus two pieces from the Duke's "The Queen's Suite." The sensitive "Single Petal of a Rose" is the best known of these selections. Rather than use a big band, Harris is joined by viola, cello, flute, clarinet, trombonist Steve Turre (who is wonderful on "Portrait of Wellman Braud"), and a piano-bass-drums rhythm section. The arrangements are colorful and inventive, with Harris (who doubles on marimba) usually being heard as the lead voice. African Tarantella serves as further proof that Duke Ellington's music, in addition to being enormous in quantity, can be interpreted in an infinite number of colorful ways. Well worth several listens.
Born: March 23, 1973 in Albany, NY
Years Active: '90s, '00s