Thank You, Duke! Our Tribute To Ellington

Thank You, Duke! Our Tribute To Ellington

by Arkadia Jazz All-Stars


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Thank You, Duke! Our Tribute To Ellington

Everyone and their uncles were busy cranking out Ellington albums in 1999 -- usually with the same imaginative titles ("A Tribute, "Our Tribute, " etc., etc.) -- but this anthology has quite a few individual coups that stand out from the pack. Benny Golson is wonderfully loose and swinging on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" yet manages an old-time breathy ballad style for "Mood Indigo." "In a Sentimental Mood" receives two renditions: Billy Taylor does an affectionate, impressionistic piano solo, and Ray Ellis (where has he been all these years?) produces a lovely neo-classical orchestral backing for Harold Land's majestic tenor saxophone. A group with Eric Reed on piano, Terrell Stafford on trumpet, and Steve Nelson on vibes that calls itself the Joe Henderson Project does an even mellower "Isfahan" than Henderson did on his breakthrough Lush Life album. For contrast, check out the often stark, sometimes dissonant duet between soprano saxophonist T.K. Blue and pianist Randy Weston on "Chromatic Love Affair." Joanne Brackeen does her own impressionistic solo twist on "Sophisticated Lady" and stirs up "Come Sunday" in a piano trio format. Finally Dutch bassist Joris Teepe closes with a slightly kooky "The Feeling of Jazz," with some echoes of Eddie Harris by tenor player Chris Potter.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/1999
Label: Arkadia Jazz
UPC: 0602267000320
catalogNumber: 70003
Rank: 145620

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Performance Credits

Arkadia Jazz All-Stars   Primary Artist
Joanne Brackeen   Piano
Bill Henderson   Piano
Billy Higgins   Drums
Harold Land   Track Performer
Randy Weston   Piano
Don Braden   Soprano Saxophone
Steve Nelson   Vibes
Eric Reed   Piano
Curtis Lundy   Bass
Carl Allen   Drums
Ira Coleman   Bass
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
James Leary   Bass
Eric McPherson   Drums
Mulgrew Miller   Piano
Chris Potter   Tenor Saxophone
Terell Stafford   Trumpet
Billy Taylor   Piano
Rodney Whitaker   Bass
Buster Williams   Bass
Joris Teepe   Bass
David Hazeltine   Piano
Bruce Cox   Drums
James Hurt   Piano
T.K. Blue   Track Performer
T.K. Bule   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Ralph Simon   Producer
Joe Barbaria   Engineer
Dennis Wall   Engineer
Dave Baker   Engineer
Bob Karcy   Producer
Lenny Argese   Engineer
Bruni   Cover Painting

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