The Duke of Elegant: Gems from the Duke Ellington Songbook

The Duke of Elegant: Gems from the Duke Ellington Songbook


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The third volume in Highnote Records' excellent Duke of Elegant tribute series to Duke Ellington is much like the previous two: it features a host of artists from the label's stable playing tunes by the great jazz composer and bandleader. What's so wonderful about the series is that not only are all the performances excellent, they focus so closely on what is traditionally Ellingtonian that they simply come off as great jazz albums, as well. This set boasts some of the finest performance sin the series thus far with Houston Person's version of "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me"; a truly nocturnal, tender, and innovative reading of "Solitude" by Lucky Thompson; Mark Murphy's graceful "In a Sentimental Mood"; and a dynamite set of harmonic inventions on "Melancholia" by the great Larry Willis in excellent balladic form. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2009
Label: Highnote
UPC: 0632375602123
catalogNumber: 56012
Rank: 70832

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cecil Brooks   Drums
Ray Drummond   Bass
John Hicks   Piano
Sheila Jordan   Vocals
Houston Person   Tenor Saxophone
Martial Solal   Piano
James Spaulding   Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton   Piano,Soloist
Richard Wyands   Piano
Grady Tate   Drums
Don Braden   Tenor Saxophone
Russell Malone   Guitar
Kenny Washington   Drums
Dwayne Burno   Bass
Bryan Carrott   Vibes
Winard Harper   Drums
Gana M'Bow   Percussion
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Novosel   Bass
Allan Praskin   Saxophone
Chip White   Drums
Michael A. Hauser   Vibes
Teddy Edwards Octet   Tenor Saxophone
Xavier Davis   Piano
Achim Tang   Bass
Peter Mihelich   Piano
Vito Lesczak   Drums

Technical Credits

Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
David Jaye   Liner Notes

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