Black Brown & Beige

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Rather than try to recreate Duke Ellington's famous "Black, Brown & Beige," Louie Bellson's big band does a reinterpretation of the 50-minute work on this CD that takes a lot of liberties with the composition. A little more space is allocated to solos, Johnny Hodges's famous "Come Sunday" melody statement is given to Clark Terry, Joe Williams sings "The Blues" and such players as trumpeter Barrie Lee Hall, Art Baron on plunger trombone, pianist Harold Danko and baritonist Joe Temperley are heard from. This version does give some new life to the classic suite. In addition, Bellson's band plays five of the drummer's originals including the boppish "Hawk Talks" and "Skin ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Rather than try to recreate Duke Ellington's famous "Black, Brown & Beige," Louie Bellson's big band does a reinterpretation of the 50-minute work on this CD that takes a lot of liberties with the composition. A little more space is allocated to solos, Johnny Hodges's famous "Come Sunday" melody statement is given to Clark Terry, Joe Williams sings "The Blues" and such players as trumpeter Barrie Lee Hall, Art Baron on plunger trombone, pianist Harold Danko and baritonist Joe Temperley are heard from. This version does give some new life to the classic suite. In addition, Bellson's band plays five of the drummer's originals including the boppish "Hawk Talks" and "Skin Deep." The shorter orchestral pieces fit into the general mood of the respectful but fairly creative tribute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/1994
  • Label: MUSIC MASTERS JAZZ
  • UPC: 016126509624
  • Catalog Number: 65096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Hawk Talks (3:53)
  2. 2 Skin Deep (4:25)
  3. 3 Work Song (7:25)
  4. 4 Come Sunday (5:55)
  5. 5 Light (6:48)
  6. 6 West Indian Dance (2:32)
  7. 7 Emancipation Proclamation (2:08)
  8. 8 The Blues (4:45)
  9. 9 Beige (14:22)
  10. 10 European Skallyhoppin' (4:09)
  11. 11 Portrait of Billy Strayhorn (8:04)
  12. 12 Sketches (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Louie Bellson Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Track Performer
Phil Bodner Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Bill Easley Clarinet, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Joe Williams Vocals
Joe Temperley Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Harold Danko Piano
Maurice Peress Conductor
Scott Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Art Baron Trombone, Plunger Mute
John Beal Bass
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Clark Terry Trumpet, Vocals
Barry Hall Trumpet
Robert Millikan Trumpet
Alan Raph Trombone, Bass Trombone
Frank Wess Flute, Alto Saxophone
Anthony Kadleck Trumpet
Lesa Terry Violin
Ted Nash Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Louie Bellson Contributor
Leonard Feather Liner Notes
Maurice Peress Liner Notes
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Teo Macero Producer
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