Ellington Suites

Ellington Suites

by Tony Overwater
     
 
Because of the vastness of Duke Ellington's repertoire, very few musicians have thought to explore the suites he wrote late in his career. This third stream concert recording blends bassist Tony Overwater's jazz trio with the Calefax Reed Quintet, a classical group made up of five reed players. Even though the piano and brass section are missing, the blended group

Overview

Because of the vastness of Duke Ellington's repertoire, very few musicians have thought to explore the suites he wrote late in his career. This third stream concert recording blends bassist Tony Overwater's jazz trio with the Calefax Reed Quintet, a classical group made up of five reed players. Even though the piano and brass section are missing, the blended group obtains a phenomenal sound in its interpretation of the complete "Far East Suite," with tenor saxophonist Maaren Ornstein, Overwater, and drummer Wim Kegel blending rather nicely with the quintet (oboe player Oliver Boekhoorn, clarinetist Ivar Berix, alto saxophonist Raaf Hekkema, bass clarinetist Jelte Althuis, and bassoonist Alban Wesly). Anyone familiar with Ellington's own recording of this suite will enjoy the new facets revealed, with the oboe taking the place of alto sax as the lead voice in "Isfahan," the prominent role of the bass clarinet in "Agra," as well as the extraordinary voicings within "Ad Lib on Nippon." The combined groups omit the tenor sax in "The River," a less familiar suite that Ellington recorded in the studio over a series of sessions in 1970, though it was never released until well after the composer's death. The septet is equally successful with their concert adaptation of this music. This remarkable concert should be of great interest to fans of Duke Ellington's music.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917521924
catalogNumber:
75219
Rank:
149400

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Overwater   Primary Artist,Double Bass,Acoustic Bass
Maarten Ornstein   Tenor Saxophone
Alban Wesly   Bassoon
Wim Kegel   Drums
Raaf Hekkema   Alto Saxophone
Oliver Boekhoorn   Oboe,Cor anglais
Jelte Althuis   Bass Clarinet
Ivar Berix   Clarinet
Calefax Reed Quintet   Woodwind
Oliver Boekhorn   Oboe

Technical Credits

Duke Ellington   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Tony Overwater   Producer,Audio Production
Ruud Meijer   Liner Notes
Jurre Wieman   Engineering
D.N. Dube   Cover Photo

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