Little Bit of Duke

A Little Bit of Duke

by Jesper Thilo
     
 
There are many ways to pay tribute to a jazz great, ranging from exact recreations to abstract improvisations based on the spirit of the artist. The Danish Radio Big Band does not attempt to revive the Ellington sound except in selected spots (where the brass use plunger mutes) and on some arranged choruses. Their tribute

Overview

There are many ways to pay tribute to a jazz great, ranging from exact recreations to abstract improvisations based on the spirit of the artist. The Danish Radio Big Band does not attempt to revive the Ellington sound except in selected spots (where the brass use plunger mutes) and on some arranged choruses. Their tribute concert is a good excuse to play a variety of familiar Ellington standards. In addition to six familiar pieces (including a joyful "Bojangles" and the driving "Cotton Tail"), two lesser-known Ellington compositions are revived ("Blue Rose" and "Blue Light") and there are a pair of originals: a 19½-minute "The Governor" (which has several sections) and Ernie Wilkins's "A Little Bit of Duke." The best-known soloist is guest Jesper Thilo who plays both tenor and clarinet while other key musicians include tenorman Uffe Markussen (who sounds a little like Lew Tabackin), trumpeter Henrik Bolberg Pedersen and trombonist Vincent Nilsson. With the exception of Wilkins's title cut, all of the arrangements come from within the orchestra. The consistently swinging music, although never a close copy of Ellington's band, should please his fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2014
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0730099942027
catalogNumber:
5004210

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesper Thilo   Primary Artist,Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Soloist
Palle Bolvig   Trumpet
Kjeld Ipsen   Trombone
Jan Kohlin   Trumpet
Flemming Madsen   Reeds
Vincent Nilsson   Trombone
Bob Rockwell   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Benny Rosenfeld   Trumpet
Lars Togeby   Trombone,Trumpet
Axel Windfel   Trombone
Ole Kock Hansen   Conductor
Ethan Weisgard   Percussion
Chico Lindvall   Guitar
Jan Zum Vohrde   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Thomas Ovesen   Bass
Jonas Johansen   Drums
Uffe Markussen   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Henrik Bolberg Pedersen   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Giordano Bellincampi   Trombone
Steen Hansen   Trombone
Anders Lindvall   Guitar
Michael Hove   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Nikolaj Bentzon   Piano

Technical Credits

Palle Bolvig   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger
Vincent Nilsson   Arranger
Ray Pitts   Arranger
Niels Jorgen Steen   Arranger
Lars Palsig   Engineer
Jan Persson   Cover Photo
Kjeld Brandt   Cover Design
Finn Kragerup   Producer
Peter H. Larsen   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Georg Riedel   Arranger

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