Exuberant Ellingtonia: Flute & Piano Sessions
Label: Americas Musicworks
Rockin’ in Rhythm; In a Sentimental Mood; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; Caravan; Chelsea Bridge; I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart; Cottontail; Prelude to a Kiss; I’m Beginning to See the Light; Sophisticated Lady; Things Ain’t What They Used to Be; Take the ‘A’ Train; Isfahan; Jump for Joy.
Bloom/Funkhouser Duo brings vivid and stylish interpretations of classics in new CD Exuberant Ellingtonia, Flute & Piano Sessions (available January 14 2022 from Americas Musicworks. “The first four numbers, like the entire album, show the duo’s depth and range…. Peter and John give a rich, nuanced performance.” (Mark Harvey) Flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist John Funkhouser, known as veterans of the famed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, show their virtuosity and versatility as a consummate jazz duo in their new release, Exuberant Ellingtonia, Flute & Piano Sessions (available January 14, 2022, via Americas Musicworks). The disc offers imaginative interpretations of classics by the maestro and a fresh focus on Duke’s esteemed collaborators Billy Strayhorn, Juan Tizol and Mercer Ellington. Bloom and Funkhouser take the listener on a mesmerizing journey from up-tempo swing through lush ballads, from the exoticism of Caravan and Isfahan to the high-energy exploits of Cottontail and Jump for Joy. The selections are artfully chosen, the pacing is excellent. The duo’s long collaboration is evident in playing that is expansive and inventive, yet elegant and cohesive. They play with style and verve. For more information visit their website here: http://www.americasmusicworks.com/bloom-funkhouser-duo.html The duo’s CD Release Tour in January 2022 will cross several Southern states, with shows for the Cathedral Church of the Advent Midday Music Series in Birmingham (January 21), Vineville Music & the Arts in Macon (January 23), University of North Carolina Pembroke (January 25), the Campbell University Artist Performance Series (January 25-26), and Lincoln Memorial University (January 27), among other stops.
- Exuberant Ellingtonia: Flute & Piano Sessions by Troy Dostert
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