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The Duke of Elegant: Gems from the Duke Ellington Songbook

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The third volume in Highnote Records' excellent Duke of Elegant tribute series to Duke Ellington is much like the previous two: it features a host of artists from the label's stable playing tunes by the great jazz composer and bandleader. What's so wonderful about the series is that not only are all the performances excellent, they focus so closely on what is traditionally Ellingtonian that they simply come off as great jazz albums, as well. This set boasts some of the finest performance sin the series thus far with Houston Person's version of "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me"; a truly nocturnal, tender, and innovative reading of "Solitude" by Lucky Thompson; Mark Murphy's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The third volume in Highnote Records' excellent Duke of Elegant tribute series to Duke Ellington is much like the previous two: it features a host of artists from the label's stable playing tunes by the great jazz composer and bandleader. What's so wonderful about the series is that not only are all the performances excellent, they focus so closely on what is traditionally Ellingtonian that they simply come off as great jazz albums, as well. This set boasts some of the finest performance sin the series thus far with Houston Person's version of "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me"; a truly nocturnal, tender, and innovative reading of "Solitude" by Lucky Thompson; Mark Murphy's graceful "In a Sentimental Mood"; and a dynamite set of harmonic inventions on "Melancholia" by the great Larry Willis in excellent balladic form. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Highnote
  • UPC: 632375602123
  • Catalog Number: 56012
  • Sales rank: 244,295

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me - Houston Person (5:49)
  2. 2 Drop Me off in Harlem - Richard Wyands (5:37)
  3. 3 Warm Valley - James Spaulding (5:15)
  4. 4 Solitude - Lucky Thompson (3:29)
  5. 5 I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good @@Eric Reed (5:39)
  6. 6 Mood Indigo - Sheila Jordan (4:02)
  7. 7 Take the Coltrane - David "Fathead" Newman (5:53)
  8. 8 Sophisticated Lady - Cedar Walton (5:46)
  9. 9 Prelude to a Kiss - Don Braden (4:07)
  10. 10 In a Sentimental Mood @@Mark Murphy (3:11)
  11. 11 All Too Soon @@Teddy Edwards (4:50)
  12. 12 Melancholia @@Larry Willis (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cecil Brooks III Drums
Ray Drummond Bass
John Hicks Piano
Sheila Jordan Vocals
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Martial Solal Piano
James Spaulding Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Cedar Walton Piano, Soloist
Richard Wyands Piano
Grady Tate Drums
Don Braden Tenor Saxophone
Russell Malone Guitar
Kenny Washington Drums
Dwayne Burno Bass
Bryan Carrott Vibes
Winard Harper Drums
Gana M'Bow Percussion
David "Fathead" Newman Tenor Saxophone
Steve Novosel Bass
Allan Praskin Saxophone
Chip White Drums
Michael A. Hauser Vibes
Teddy Edwards Octet Tenor Saxophone
Xavier Davis Piano
Achim Tang Bass
Peter Mihelich Piano
Vito Lesczak Drums
Technical Credits
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
David Jaye Liner Notes
Kevin Blackler Mastering
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