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||Overture||Duke Ellington||3:21||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Toot TooT Tootie Toot (Dance of the Reed-Pipes)||Duke Ellington||2:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Peanut Brittle Brigade (March)||Duke Ellington||4:37||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy)||Duke Ellington||3:05||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Entr'acte||Duke Ellington||1:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)||Duke Ellington||2:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Chinoserie (Chinese Dance)||Duke Ellington||2:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Danse of the Floreadores (Waltz of the Flowers)||Duke Ellington||4:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance)||Duke Ellington||5:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Morning Mood from "Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1"||Duke Ellington||4:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||In the Hall of the Mountain King from "Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1"||Duke Ellington||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Solveig's Song from "Peer Gynt Suite, No. 2"||Duke Ellington||3:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ase's Death from "Peer Gynt Suite, No. 1"||Duke Ellington||3:47||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Anitra's Dance from "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1"||Duke Ellington||2:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Misfit Blues||Duke Ellington||4:08||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Schwiphti||Duke Ellington||3:04||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Zweet Zurzday||Duke Ellington||3:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Lay-By||Duke Ellington||4:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
iTunes Editors’ Notes
Duke Ellington wrote a number of suites in the latter part of his career: Far East Suite (1966), Latin American Suite (1968), and Togo Brava Suite (1971) are fine examples of his work in this vein. The instrumental form draws from dance music, something the great swing bandleader was no stranger to. It also gave him a chance to stretch out and write longer pieces — often collaborating with arranger Billy Strayhorn — featuring his wonderfully rich section writing and inventive rhythms. On Three Suites, Ellington brings his distinctive touch to works by a Russian and a Norwegian composer, and the third piece is inspired by an American novelist. His version of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite gracefully translates the late 19th century warhorse into his own distinctive language, and of course, this being the Ellington band, stellar solos abound. He also works wonders with material drawn from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites. The famous Grieg melody is instantly recognizable in “Morning Mood,” and so is Ellington’s lush sound. The title of Suite Thursday, an Ellington/Strayhorn original, refers to Sweet Thursday, the John Steinbeck novel that was a sequel to Cannery Row. Any Ellington fan should delight in the piece’s bluesy sophistication, assorted grooves, and Ray Nance’s bowed and plucked violin solo on “Lay-By.”
Duke Ellington has made an absolutely outstanding reinterpretation of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." Just listening to these short excerpts on iTunes makes me happy!
Outstanding interpetation of The Nutcracker!! Suger Rum Cherry is a sultry version of the classic. Well done!!!
Born: April 29, 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s