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The Duke In Washington

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Duke Ellington's Introduction
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I Wonder Why
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Goin' Up
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Announcer & Ellington Introduction
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G I Jive
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Amor Amor
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Frankie And Johnny
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The Blues
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Sono
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(A Tone Parallel To) Harlem
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Perdido
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All The Things You Are
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Happy Go Lucky
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Take The A Train
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A Single Petal Of A Rose
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Pat
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eMusic Features

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Six Degrees of Duke Ellington’s Money Jungle

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Thelonious Monk’s Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2

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Six Degrees of A Love Supreme

By Britt Robson, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Music in a Hurry: Standard Transcriptions

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The Not Necessarily Happy Horns of Clark Terry

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Can a musician's reputation be harmed by the persistent paying of a compliment? Clark Terry has a warm, plump, utterly distinctive sound on trumpet and its chubby pal the flugelhorn. He's rhythmically assured at any tempo, and has a deep feeling for the blues. But some writers fixate on how he has "the happiest sound in jazz," as if one trait defines his art. To be fair, it's not a rep he's run away from, having… more »

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Chris McGregor: Cape Town to Free Town

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

It wasn't easy, being the interracial Blue Notes in 1963 apartheid South Africa: a black horns-and-rhythm combo with a white pianist/music director, Chris McGregor. They skipped out of Cape Town the following year: went to a French festival and didn't return. In London by '65, the quintet's members were welcomed by forward-looking jazz musicians: Steve Lacy drafted bassist Johnny Dyani and drummer Louis Moholo for the album The Forest and the Zoo, and an ill-fated… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Thankfully, Duke Ellington’s live performances were well documented in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s — and there is hardly a shortage of live Ellington recordings that are available on CD. Spanning 1943-1969, The Duke in Washington doesn’t focus on any one concert. Instead, this Danish release (which Storyville released in 2000) was recorded at six different places — the interesting thing is that all of them are in Washington, D.C. (the Duke’s home town) or nearby in Maryland and Virginia. Many of the performances have some connection to the U.S. government or its military, and the highlights range from performances of “I Wonder Why” (which features vocalist Betty Roche) at the Langley Field Air Force Base in 1943 and “Frankie and Johnny” at the Naval Training Center in 1944 to “Perdido,” “All the Things You Are,” and “Happy-Go-Lucky Local” at the National Guard Armory in 1955. Ellington’s orchestra is heard on most of the material, although “Take The A Train” and “Single Petal of a Rose” (both recorded at Howard University in 1962) find him leading a small piano trio that employs Aaron Bell on bass and Sam Woodyard on drums. The Duke always said that his orchestra, not his piano, was his instrument — nonetheless, it’s nice to hear him stretching out as a pianist in a more intimate setting. And he is heard as an unaccompanied solo pianist on the reflective “Pat,” which was performed at the White House on April 29, 1969 in celebration of his 70th birthday. President Richard Nixon was present at that event, and the improvised piece was named after First Lady Patricia Nixon. As interesting as it is, The Duke in Washington isn’t essential and isn’t recommended to casual listeners. But it’s a CD that serious collectors should make a point of obtaining. – Alex Henderson

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