Such Sweet Thunder: Music of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

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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...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768635326
  • Catalog Number: 86353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rhythm, Go 'Way (4:44)
  2. 2 The 101 (3:13)
  3. 3 Can I Call You Sugar (4:06)
  4. 4 Imaginary Guy (3:25)
  5. 5 September Rain (5:17)
  6. 6 Tenacity (3:06)
  7. 7 Backwater Town (3:38)
  8. 8 A Peaceful Kingdom (3:53)
  9. 9 Lovely Creatures (5:06)
  10. 10 Antarctica (3:27)
  11. 11 Mighty Like the Blues (4:06)
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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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lorraine Feather Scores Again!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!!

    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!

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