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Priceless Jazz Collection: Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

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This above-average mid-priced compilation was assembled from some of the highlights of three classic early-'60s Ellington releases: Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins, Live at the Whitney, and Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. The purpose of this 11-song compilation was to introduce the casual listener to Ellington working with a medium-sized or small band setting that highlights his piano as well as featuring the work of some notable soloists. "Mood Indigo" is here, along with a sizzling version of "The Jeep Is Jumpin'," but the real highlights are the Coltrane numbers ("C Jam Blues," etc.) and Whitney tracks, which feature Ellington's piano in ever-more-visible fashion, the Whitney numbers being almost piano solo tracks accompanied only by bass and drums — the medley of early Ellington pieces and the performance of "Satin Doll" are worth the price of the CD.


Nacido/a: Washington D.C., 29 de abril de 1899

Género: Jazz

Años de actividad: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works...
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