Such Sweet Thunder: Music of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

Such Sweet Thunder: Music of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

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by Lorraine Feather
     
 
It's a shame that Lorraine Feather wasn't able to contribute lyrics to the music of Duke Ellington prior to his death in 1974, as she's a natural storyteller. Ellington composed or co-wrote most of the 11 songs on this CD, though Feather chose lesser-known and especially challenging material to embellish with her gifts. She is also a superb singer who gets the most

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It's a shame that Lorraine Feather wasn't able to contribute lyrics to the music of Duke Ellington prior to his death in 1974, as she's a natural storyteller. Ellington composed or co-wrote most of the 11 songs on this CD, though Feather chose lesser-known and especially challenging material to embellish with her gifts. She is also a superb singer who gets the most out of every track, joined by a large cast of talented musicians who sound as if they've played every chart together night after night for years. It's hard to beat her hilarious "Imaginary Guy" (based upon "Dancers in Love"), a terrific ditty about a girl so fed up with the opposite sex that she dreamed up the ideal man in her mind. The obscure bossa nova "The Ricitic," written by Ellington for his small group session with Coleman Hawkins, is transformed to the sidesplitting "Antarctica" (sample lyrics: "I cried all night/That's half a year"), a song that is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of the sourest curmudgeon. The dark-tinged "Lovely Creatures" (based upon the second movement to "Night Creature") is not without its humorous moments ("You've got looks and bucks and yet these blues/Seem to stick to you like gum to shoes"). She wrote the words to "September Rain" (adapted from Billy Strayhorn's gorgeous ballad "Chelsea Bridge") a number of years earlier and recorded it with her group In Full Swing. This chart, with the rhythm section arranged by pianist Mike Lang and the vocal group by Morgan Ames, is every bit as lush as the original instrumental, showcasing Feather's upper range and Terry Harrington's mellow tenor sax. "The 101" is a hard-charging reworking of "Suburbanite" that tells of a dash down a highway to catch up with her lover. The finale, "Mighty Like the Blues," features words and music by the late Leonard Feather, Lorraine's father. Ellington recorded it in 1938 and again in 1960, though her version, jointly arranged by Russell Ferrante and Bill Elliott, will likely eclipse the maestro's own recordings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768635326
catalogNumber:
86353

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lorraine Feather   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Terri Lyne Carrington   Drums
Peter Erskine   Horn
Shelby Flint   Background Vocals
Morgan Ames   Background Vocals
Glenn Berger   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer   Drums
Jeff Bunnell   Trumpet
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Randy Crenshaw   Background Vocals
Jeff Driskill   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Russell Ferrante   Bass,Piano
Grant Geissman   Guitar
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Terry Harrington   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Lang   Piano
Bill Liston   Reeds
Andy Martin   Trombone
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Shelly Berg   Piano
Gregg Field   Drums
Brian Scanlon   Reeds
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Jay Mason   Reeds
Donald Clarke   Trumpet
Willie Murillo   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Composer
Rex Stewart   Composer
Lorraine Feather   Composer,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Morgan Ames   Vocal Arrangements
Duke Ellington   Composer
Russell Ferrante   rhythm arrangement
Geoff Gillette   Engineer
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Michael Lang   rhythm arrangement
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Shelly Berg   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra   Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Carlos Del Rosario   Engineer

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Such Sweet Thunder: Music of the Duke Ellington Orchestra 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hold onto your hats - we're heading down the 101!!! This new CD from Lorraine Feather has to be the slickest recipe ever created: one part nostalgia (Ellington's tunes and rhythms), one part SMOKIN' new, hip arrangements of same, one part modern lingo and sensibility, a splatter of patter, a dash of psychological insight, and a sweet-crisp crust topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Who'd have guessed that Thunder could be baked up in a pie? Lorraine's reinterpretations of these old chestnuts are inspired, humorous and filled with compassion for the human condition. The musicians are fabulous, the recording is impeccable, and Lorraine's singing is glorious. Treat yourself to a HUGE slice of this perfect confection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you have an ear, a heart or a sense of humor you will definitely enjoy the music of Lorraine Feather, regardless of your musical preferences! And now she thrills us with another amazing performance with her own imaginative lyrics and Duke Ellington's music. Having lived and breathed in the world of jazz all her life, this singer is an amazing and definitive jazz artist. I never tire of listening to her. I highly recommend all of her albums. Take the plunge and add to your musical pleasure with this new CD.