Money Jungle

Money Jungle

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington

CD(Spanish Import)

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Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session. "Money Jungle" is a thunderous opener, a blues that might be classified somewhere between post-bop and avant-garde. The gem of the date is the fragile, somewhat haunting ballad "Fleurette Africaine," where Mingus' floating bassline and Roach's understated drumming add to the mystique of an Ellington work that has slowly been gathering steam among jazz musicians as a piece worth exploring more often. "Very Special" is a jaunty upbeat blues, while the angular, descending line of "Wig Wise" also proves to be quite catchy. Ellington also revisits "Warm Valley" (a lovely ballad indelibly associated with Johnny Hodges) and an almost meditative "Solitude." Thunderous percussion and wild basslines complement a wilder-than-usual approach to "Caravan." Every jazz fan should own a copy of this sensational recording session.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 8436569190715
catalogNumber: 6919071
Rank: 33862

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Bill Berry   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Flugelhorn
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Charles Mingus   Bass
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Max Roach   Drums
Aaron Bell   Bass
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Tyree Glenn   Trombone,Vibes
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Roy Burrowes   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
John Sanders   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Leon Cox   Trombone
Nelson Williams   Trumpet
Fats Ford   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
George Wein   Liner Notes
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Arnold Marcus   Liner Notes

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