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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this unusual project, vibraphonist Stefon Harris performs three excerpts apiece from Duke Ellington's "New Orleans Suite" and his lesser-known "The Gardner Meditations" plus two pieces from the Duke's "The Queen's Suite." The sensitive "Single Petal of a Rose" is the best known of these selections. Rather than use a big band, Harris is joined by viola, cello, flute, clarinet, trombonist Steve Turre (who is wonderful on "Portrait of Wellman Braud"), and a piano-bass-drums rhythm section. The arrangements are colorful and inventive, with Harris (who doubles on marimba) usually being heard as the lead voice. African Tarantella serves as further proof that Duke Ellington's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On this unusual project, vibraphonist Stefon Harris performs three excerpts apiece from Duke Ellington's "New Orleans Suite" and his lesser-known "The Gardner Meditations" plus two pieces from the Duke's "The Queen's Suite." The sensitive "Single Petal of a Rose" is the best known of these selections. Rather than use a big band, Harris is joined by viola, cello, flute, clarinet, trombonist Steve Turre (who is wonderful on "Portrait of Wellman Braud"), and a piano-bass-drums rhythm section. The arrangements are colorful and inventive, with Harris (who doubles on marimba) usually being heard as the lead voice. African Tarantella serves as further proof that Duke Ellington's music, in addition to being enormous in quantity, can be interpreted in an infinite number of colorful ways. Well worth several listens.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 094634109024
  • Catalog Number: 41090
  • Sales rank: 92,777

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stefon Harris Primary Artist, Marimbas, Vibes
Greg Tardy Clarinet
Steve Turre Trombone
Xavier Davis Piano
Derrick Hodge Bass
Terreon Gully Drums
Anne Drummond Flute
Louise Dubin Cello
Technical Credits
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Composer, Author
Joe Marciano Engineer
Michael Marciano Mastering
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Stefon Harris Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Pablo Picasso Author
Gordon H. Jee Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Tarantella Plays

    This album is a must have, not just for jazz buffs, but for someone looking to expand their horizons in the music world. Just simply sensual.

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