Saturday, June 3, 2017

Daniel Barenboim & Guests - Tribute To Ellington


Information

Composer: Duke Ellington
  1. Do Nothing Till You Hear Form Me
  2. Satin Doll
  3. Sophisticated Lady
  4. Caravan
  5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  6. Azure
  7. Squatty Roo
  8. Prelude to a Kiss
  9. Mood Indigo / Purple Gazelle
  10. Chelsea Bridge
  11. Star-Crossed Lovers
  12. Zweet Zurzday
  13. Take the 'A' Train
  14. In a Sentimental Mood
  15. Fast & Furious

Daniel Barenboim, piano
Dianne Reeves, vocals
Don Byron, clarinet
Cliff Colnot, arranger & conductor
&
Larry Combs; Burl Lane; John Hagstrom; Amir El Saffar; Michael Mulcahy; Charles Vernon; Brad Opland; Charlie Harrison; Joel Spencer; Kyle Woodring

Date: 1999
Label: Teldec
https://www.discogs.com/Daniel-Barenboim-and-Guests-Tribute-To-Ellington/release/3165271


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Review

ARTISTIC QUALITY: 10 / SOUND QUALITY: 10

This “Tribute to Ellington” album came as a real shock–not so much because Daniel Barenboim turns out to be a keen jazz pianist, but because nowhere is it mentioned on the cover that this is basically a big band album using a number of players from the Chicago Symphony! Yet, these classical specialists’ “swing” and sense of timing are such that they easily could pass for the current Ellington band. To be fair, they’re getting some good outside help from reed player Don Byron and jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves–and there are a couple of well placed “ringers” sitting in as well. Nonetheless, the results will positively knock you out, as this disc is loaded with exciting and idiomatic arrangements of 15 of Duke’s very greatest hits, complemented by first rate sonics. This “Tribute” is highly recommended to anyone wanting to explore the best of Duke Ellington, and yes, fans of the Chicago Symphony too.

-- Barry Guerrero, ClassicsToday

More reviews:
https://www.gramophone.co.uk/review/tribute-to-ellington
http://www.allmusic.com/album/tribute-to-ellington-mw0000400831
https://www.amazon.com/Tribute-Ellington-Duke/dp/B00001SICY

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Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years. Often collaborating with others, Ellington wrote more than one thousand compositions; his extensive body of work is the largest recorded personal jazz legacy, with many of his works having become standards. Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other more traditional musical genres.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Ellington

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Daniel Barenboim (born 15 November 1942) is an Argentine-born pianist and conductor who is a citizen of Argentina, Israel, Palestine and Spain. He is general music director of the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and La Scala in Milan. Barenboim is known for his work with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as a resolute critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Barenboim

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