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The reissue of this album marks a total reconstruction and rethinking of the original LP, and such a complete break from the original album that its story could fill a book. Such Sweet Thunder was originally announced as a stereo and mono release, but only showed up in mono thanks to the technical problems inherent in early stereo in creating a concert-like ambience in which the performance seemed continuous. The reissue presents the original album as it was intended, using alternate takes from the original sessions, plus the stereo masters of the takes used on the original album, all rounded out with a mono outtake or two
In 1965 Duke Ellington appeared at a concert with Arthur Fielder's Boston Pops Orchestra and a recording resulted.
The "Piano Player" in the Ellington band is a sometime thing. On the bandstand and the concert stage, Duke strides between the piano and the band.
Piano In The Background is the sister, albeit earlier, recording to Piano In The Foreground
This album, recorded in one afternoon with Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums, goes far to reveal the geat jazz pianist that stands behind the great composer-arranger-bandleader, and perhaps even shows that the pianist propels all the other talents.
features the Duke out in front doing what he does best - play piano.
This is a nice all-around set by the 1962 Duke Ellington Orchestra. Whether it be the lightweight but fun "Taffy Twist," "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" (the theme from Anatomy of a Murder) or the many songs revived from decades earlier (such as "What Am I Here For?," "Black and Tan Fantasy" and "Jump for Joy"), this vinyl LP is filled with consistently swinging music.
It’s quite astonishing but true: it took 20 years for “Hawk” and “The Duke” to get together in the recording studio.
Two-LP Record Set - Souvenir Edition
This legendary concert captures one of the final lineups of Ellington's touring band...
On these sides there is no orchestra in the general sense of the term, yet Duke has found, on a more conventional instrument, a completely engaging means of personal expression.
Back to Back, like its compendium Side By Side, has The Duke teamed up with Johnny Hodges
The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.
The night Duke opened at New York's Cafe Society the room was filled with critics, musicians, and as many of Duke's friends as the place could hold. Johnny Hodges was back in the reed section, Sam Woodyard made the drums talk, and Duke was his usual gracious, eloquent self. The reviews of that opening, from "Time Magazine to Downbeat" called it the best band Duke had led in years. Clooney offers heartfelt interpretations of classics like "Sophisticated Lady" and "Mood Indigo."