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One of the most famous names in jazz history, second only to Louis ArmstrongEdward Kennedy Ellington aka Duke was the most prolific composer and important bandleader for a span of over 50 years. By the time Ellington appeared at Passion Flower - Duke Ellington - The Best Of Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra Newport Jazz Festival, he was approaching 70 and had just lost his close friend and colleague, composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn, who died of lung cancer the previous year Duke would pay tribute to his valued right-hand man on 's And His Mother Called Him Bill.
Perhaps sensing his own mortality in his later years, Ellington turned to composing sacred works in and he won a Grammy in for best original jazz composition for "In the Beginning, Passion Flower - Duke Ellington - The Best Of Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra and in he incorporated world music influences on his ambitious Far East Suite.
But for his performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Duke relied on some of his proven favorites to win over the Friday evening crowd at Freebody Park. Duke strode onto the stage to the strains of Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," which had become Ellington's theme song, and addressed the audience in typically slick fashion: "You're very My Funny Valentine - Various - Best Of Lounge Paris, very sweet, very gracious, very generous, and all the kids in the band want you to know that we do love you madly.
This well-known piece opens with a rare waltz-time piano trio rendition with Duke accompanied by drummer Dick Wilson and bassist Jeff Castleman. Duke's longtime baritone sax ace Harry Carney is next featured on a lovely rendition of "Sophisticated Lady. This up-tempo swinger is paced by Rufus Jones' insistent hi-hat work and imbued with some of the busiest, most energetic playing by the Ellington aggregation since his fabled 'jungle band' days from the mids. The writing on this tumultuous romp through the gates of Eden or Hades is full of dissonant harmonies in the horn section and culminates in a whirlwind drum solo by Jones and some screeching high-note trumpet blasts from Cat Anderson.
Ellington's solo piano intro to "Swamp Goo" triggers a mournful early New Orleans styled Cull - Chris T-T - London Is Sinking that serves as a showcase for Russell Procope's potent, blues-soaked clarinet work dig his soulful unaccompanied coda at the tag.
Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves is next featured on the frantic up-tempo workout "Up Jump. And while this solo may not reach those lofty heights, it is a prime showcase for Gonsalves, who wails with raucous abandon over the top of this kinetic romp. Cat Anderson's stratospheric trumpet blowing is featured on Raymond Fol's exotic "Salome," then alto sax great Johnny Hodges is showcased on a heartfelt rendering of Billy Strayhorn's tender and melancholy "Passion Flower.
As the piece develops, Hodges testifies on his horn with keening, bent-note declarations before Бандероль - Бутырка - Первый Альбом to a dramatic crescendo.
The hugely influential altoist then remains front and center for a featured spot on the rousing blues, "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," an anthemic number penned by Ellington's son Mercer, who was playing in the trumpet section on this day at Newport. Duke would leave the stage to strains of "Satin Doll," a popular Ellington number which he co-composed with Strayhorn inbut return to engage the Newport faithful in a finger-snapping audience participation bit.
And as he wisely advises the crowd in typical hepster fashion: "One never snaps one's fingers on the beat. It's considered aggressive. Don't push it, just let it fall. And if you'd like to be conservatively hip, at the same time, tilt the left earlobe. Establish a state of nonchalance. And if you would like to be respectably cool, then tilt the left earlobe on the beat and snap the finger on the afterbeat.
Then you really don't care. And so by routine-ing one's finger-snapping and choreographing one's finger snapping, one discovers that one can become as cool as one wishes to be.
What can I tellya. The son of a White House butler, Edward Kennedy Ellington was born on April 29, and grew up in comfortable surroundings.
Beginning piano lessons at age seven, he Passion Flower - Duke Ellington - The Best Of Duke Ellington And His Famous Orchestra writing music by his teens, later dropping out of high school in to pursue a career in music.
He was a member of a five-piece group called the Washingtonians, which relocated to New York in and took up residency in a Times Square venue called the Kentucky Club. The group made its first recordings in November and later came under Ellington's leadership, playing a raucous brand of jazz that was dubbed "jungle" style" and featured the growling trumpet work of James "Bubber" Miley perhaps best exemplified on their recording, "East St.
Louis Toodle-oo". In the wake of the success of that single, the Ellington band took a job uptown at the Cotton Club in Harlem on December 4, Their residency at the famed club lasted more than three years and live radio broadcasts made Ellington a nationally known musician. During his absence, his spot at the Cotton Club was filled by Cab Calloway's big band.
In earlya Brief An Die Korinther - Gerhard Schöne - Singt Lieder Der Briefkästen composer-arranger-pianist from Pittsburgh named Billy Strayhorn joined the organization and became Ellington's composing partner and right-hand man.
The subsequent addition of bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster fortified the ensemble. Their impact on Ellington's sound was so significant that this aggregation has been dubbed "the Blanton-Webster Band" by jazz historians.
In the summer ofthis unit recorded Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," which became the band's theme song and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Share Tweet Submit Pin. Tags duke ellington duke ellington and his orchestra Thaws Out - Salvage Company - Four Play EP performance newport jazz festival newport, ri concert vault paste magazine. Also in Music.
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