Ellington Celebration

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Another of the many recorded tributes to honor Duke Ellington in his centennial year, Miles Osland and his Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra take a different route than most of the other CDs released for this happy occasion. The orchestrations are transcribed from the original scores either by narrator/co-director Dick Domek or by other Ellington scholars like Gunther Schuller and David Berger. The outcome is that one hears the way Ellington originally played his creations, with members of the Repertory Orchestra assuming the respective roles assigned each member of that particular version of the Duke's orchestra. The effect is marvelous. Next to hearing the original ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Another of the many recorded tributes to honor Duke Ellington in his centennial year, Miles Osland and his Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra take a different route than most of the other CDs released for this happy occasion. The orchestrations are transcribed from the original scores either by narrator/co-director Dick Domek or by other Ellington scholars like Gunther Schuller and David Berger. The outcome is that one hears the way Ellington originally played his creations, with members of the Repertory Orchestra assuming the respective roles assigned each member of that particular version of the Duke's orchestra. The effect is marvelous. Next to hearing the original Ellington recording, this is as good it gets in terms of combining authenticity with artistry. Most of the songs are pre-1941 -- although there are a few from the later years e.g., "Anatomy of a Murder" -- recognizing that many of the Ellington masterpieces came during the years 1929 through 1941 when his creativity was at its apex. On "The Mooche," one of the compositions from Ellington's jungle period, Osland and group replicate the October 1928 recording that featured a clarinet chorus against the wah-wah trumpet of Bubber Miley. One of Ellington's more haunting and enduring melodies, "Mood Indigo," is recalled, when Barney Bigard's haunting clarinet low notes played against the high notes of a trombone. On "Concert for Cootie Don't Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" Cootie Williams' muted and open trumpet styling comes from Vince DiMartino. Johnny Hodges is brought back through the alto of Miles Osland on "Prelude to a Kiss." Ellington's longtime affection for and preoccupation with the train comes through on the 1933 "Daybreak Express" and the 1958 "Track 360." Some of Ellington's lesser-known, but no less enterprising, works have been included on the program. One of the attractive features of the album is the occasional narration explaining a particular facet of the work the group is about to play. Even if in possession of the original recordings, this album is still worth having, if for no other reason than the commanding musicianship displayed by this well-rehearsed group during the almost 80 minutes of Ellington's grand music. This album is recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/28/2004
  • Label: Sea Breeze Records
  • UPC: 017231210023
  • Catalog Number: 2100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stevedore Stomp (3:51)
  2. 2 Black and Tan Fantasy (3:12)
  3. 3 Black and Tan Fantasy (3:54)
  4. 4 The Mooche (3:39)
  5. 5 Mood Indigo (3:07)
  6. 6 Ring Dem Bells (2:53)
  7. 7 Rockin' in Rhythm (3:14)
  8. 8 Sophisticated Lady (3:58)
  9. 9 Drop Me off in Harlem (3:03)
  10. 10 Merry-Go-Round (3:34)
  11. 11 Daybreak Express (3:04)
  12. 12 Track 360 (2:49)
  13. 13 Concerto for Cootie (3:35)
  14. 14 Prelude to a Kiss (4:55)
  15. 15 Portrait of Louis Armstrong (3:37)
  16. 16 Bakiff (3:36)
  17. 17 Blue Serge (4:05)
  18. 18 Reflections in D (3:26)
  19. 19 Blues in Orbit (2:42)
  20. 20 Blues in Blueprint (3:49)
  21. 21 Grace Valse (2:33)
  22. 22 Anatomy of a Murder (5:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Miles Osland Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Finger Snapping
Dave Anderson Tenor Saxophone, Hand Clapping
Rick Cook Trumpet
Vince DiMartino Trumpet
Larry Nelson Bass
Dale Warren Trombone
Hunt Butler Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Dan Brock Banjo, Guitar
Steve Bottom Trumpet
Josh Thompson Trumpet
Zach Brock Violin
David Anderson Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Dr. Richard Domek Piano
Terry Everson Trumpet
Gordon Towell Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Miles Osland Producer, Mastering, Co-Director
Duke Ellington Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Scott Fuller Graphic Design
John Edward Hasse Liner Notes
Sam Davis Johnson Cover Art
Dick Domek Producer
David Henderson Engineer
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