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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The Duke Ellington Legacy is a band procreated by tenor saxophonist Virginia Mayhew at the behest of guitarist Edward Kennedy Ellington II, son of Mercer Ellington and grandson of Duke Ellington. Though Ellington II takes a subsidiary role on this program of pure Ellingtonia, the direction of Mayhew and pianist/arranger Norman Simmons makes for a pleasurable listening experience, solidly based in precepts of the legendary bandleader, with faithful adaptations and a few modifications. Vocalist Nancy Reed, she of the Carmen McRae-styled singing, is the most noticeable variable, baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley from Ellington's bands lends legit authenticity, while ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
The Duke Ellington Legacy is a band procreated by tenor saxophonist Virginia Mayhew at the behest of guitarist Edward Kennedy Ellington II, son of Mercer Ellington and grandson of Duke Ellington. Though Ellington II takes a subsidiary role on this program of pure Ellingtonia, the direction of Mayhew and pianist/arranger Norman Simmons makes for a pleasurable listening experience, solidly based in precepts of the legendary bandleader, with faithful adaptations and a few modifications. Vocalist Nancy Reed, she of the Carmen McRae-styled singing, is the most noticeable variable, baritone saxophonist Joe Temperley from Ellington's bands lends legit authenticity, while trombonist Wycliffe Gordon injects a youthful enthusiasm. Mayhew is in the middle, directing, charting the course, and allowing herself plenty of space to liberally solo. Reed sings on a modified chart of "Perdido" with an outstanding trumpet solo from Mark McGowan, the classic ballads "Day Dream," "Come Sunday," and the well swung "Cotton Tail," with Reed and the horns both joining together for lots of fun on that tricky melody. Percussionist Sheila Easley and Reed join the band for the Latinized "Caravan" and the mambo infused "In a Sentimental Mood," with a modal Simmons buoying the band. The pianist really receives his spotlight feature on the leisurely pace of "Isfahan" with the horns returning the favor as underpinning. Ellington II's only guitar lead shows up on "Moon Mist," and it's a beaut, as are the contributions of Temperley, most relevant on the subdued "Sentimental Mood" and the melody of "Moon Mist." Mayhew is never dominant, save the exceptional, roaring, driving hard bop unison horn line of "The Tickler," her composition, one that fairly jumps out of the speakers, and the lone non-Ellington track. As a collective effort, this is a recording unmistakably played with dignity, pride, respect, and a high degree of musicality. It comes recommended to all classic and mainstream jazz devotees.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • Label: Renma Recordings
  • UPC: 796873003735
  • Catalog Number: 6400
  • Sales rank: 197,298

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Perdido (6:12)
  2. 2 Pretty Woman (6:43)
  3. 3 Caravan (5:55)
  4. 4 Mainstem (7:48)
  5. 5 Day Dream (5:33)
  6. 6 Toe Tickler (5:50)
  7. 7 Isfahan (5:38)
  8. 8 Cottontail (4:57)
  9. 9 Moon Mist (6:26)
  10. 10 In a Sentimental Mood (6:09)
  11. 11 Come Sunday (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Duke Ellington Legacy Primary Artist
Norman Simmons Piano, Soloist
Joe Temperley Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Virginia Mayhew Leader, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Tom Dicarlo Bass, Soloist
Paul Wells Drums, Soloist
Nancy Reed Vocals
Edward Kennedy Ellington II Guitar
Mark McGowan Trumpet, Soloist
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Norman Simmons Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Virginia Mayhew Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Randy Crafton Engineer, Mastering
Nini Green Composer
Gaye Ellington Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank YOU, Duke Ellington Legacy Band!

    This CD is great for so many reasons it's difficult to know where to begin. Maybe the first place to start is with singer Nancy Reed. Her performances are all terrific, but her vocals on 'Cottontail' propel her the ranks of today's leading jazz divas, and we're talking Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Carla Cook here. Backed by the superb horn solos of superstar Wycliffe Gordon and bandleader Virginia Mayhew, she gives full reign to Jon Hendricks' saucy lyrics and Norman Simmons' fantastic arrangement. The balance of the CD is commensurate there's not a clunker here, and even the most sophisticated listeners will be at pains to distinguish between the Duke Ellington Legacy outfit and any of the best jazz big bands out there.

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