Duke Ellington - Verve Jazz Masters 4 (1994) MP3/Flac

Duke Ellington - Verve Jazz Masters 4 (1994)
Artist: Duke Ellington
Title Of Album: Verve Jazz Masters 4
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Verve
Genre: Jazz, Big Band Swing
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 70:02
Total Size: 170 MB(+3%)


1. Take The 'A' Train
2. La Plus Belle Africaine
3. Flirtibird
4. Diminuendo In Blue And Blow By Blow
5. Loveless Love
6. Going Up
7. St. Louis Blues
8. Stompy Jones
9. Caravan
10. Total Jazz
11. Perdido
12. Jam With Sam
13. Rockin' In Rhythm

A compilation of live recordings from the late '50s and mid '60s, this disc reveals a lesser-known side of the Duke. Loose and highly energetic in both structure and execution, these tracks show that even in mid-century Ellington was still keeping apace with musical developments. Particularly intriguing is his foray into modal jazz with "La Plus Belle Africaine," a 14-minute atmospheric journey full of stark, tribal rhythms and snaking melody lines. Ellington here seems to have loosened the formality of his earlier bandleading, replacing it with a wilder approach, powerful dynamics, and shouts and banter between the bandmembers.
Ellington's compositional brilliance and the superior musicianship of his orchestra, however, is more in evidence than ever. Johnny Hodges contributes a memorably intense solo on "Flirtibird" and Paul Gonsalves' tenor sax blazes through "Diminuendo In Blue and Blow by Blow." Fine treatments of W.C. Handy numbers and an appearance by Ella Fitzgerald--her sly intonation lending itself perfectly to "Caravan,"--add to the surprises. Old favorites like "Perdido" and the roof-raising closer "Rockin' In Rhythm," are given new life and, along with the more contemporary numbers, offer a varied and impressive portrait of this jazz legend's genius.
Duke Ellington - Verve Jazz Masters 4 (1994)
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