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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
The stellar musicians who make up the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of America's own original musical art form. Since Wynton Marsalis joined the Lincoln Center as artistic director in 1990, the orchestra has celebrated each year the contributions of one of jazz's greatest luminaries: Duke Ellington. This CD was recorded the year after the arrival of the New Orleans trumpet player, whose vision it was to preserve and celebrate the music of the early lions of jazz. The personnel on the CD are too numerous to list individually, but among their number are Marcus Belgrave on trumpet and flugelhorn, Reginald Veal on bass, ...
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All Music Guide - Rose of Sharon Witmer
The stellar musicians who make up the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of America's own original musical art form. Since Wynton Marsalis joined the Lincoln Center as artistic director in 1990, the orchestra has celebrated each year the contributions of one of jazz's greatest luminaries: Duke Ellington. This CD was recorded the year after the arrival of the New Orleans trumpet player, whose vision it was to preserve and celebrate the music of the early lions of jazz. The personnel on the CD are too numerous to list individually, but among their number are Marcus Belgrave on trumpet and flugelhorn, Reginald Veal on bass, Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, and Milt Grayson on vocals. New Orleans clarinet player Dr. Michael White sits in as the guest of his friend and musical colleague Wynton Marsalis. Together, the orchestra paints a beautiful picture of the elegant Duke Ellington and his music. Many of the selections are Ellington's portraits in music of some of his favorite people, including "Portrait of Louis Armstrong," "Portrait of Bert Williams," and the Ellington/Strayhorn composition "Total Jazz Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald." Other selections range from the elegiac "Thanks for the Beautiful Land Along the Delta" to the exuberant "Second Line." The recording ends with the 27-minute "Liberian Suite," the movements of which capture the many moods of one of America's greatest jazz composers. The quality and sophistication of the performance prove why the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra are a favorite of New Yorkers and international visitors. Their musical portrait of the great Duke Ellington proves worthy of his name.
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  • Release Date: 9/22/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645314525
  • Catalog Number: 53145

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Primary Artist
Marcus Belgrave Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bill Easley Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Dr. Michael White Clarinet
Joe Temperley Baritone Saxophone
Steve Nelson Vibes
Chuck Connors Bass Trombone
Norris Turney Alto Saxophone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Reginald Veal Bass
Kenny Washington Drums, Timpani
Art Baron Trombone
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone
Milt Grayson Vocals
Roland Hanna Piano
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
Andy Stein Violin
Frank Wess Alto Saxophone
Todd Williams Tenor Saxophone
Paul Meyers Guitar
John Longo Trumpet
David Berger Conductor
Umar Sharif Trumpet
Technical Credits
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Producer
Jim Anderson Engineer
Stanley Crouch Producer, Liner Notes
Jazz Producer
Wynton Marsalis Producer
Steve Rathe Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Josephine DiDonato Art Direction
Alexa Birdsong Producer
Mary Fiance Producer
Rob Gibson Producer
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