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Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington Copenhagen 1958 (Bonus: After Hours 1950)

Read "Duke Ellington Copenhagen 1958 (Bonus: After Hours 1950)" reviewed by Jack Kenny

Duke Ellington hated flying so, in 1958, Ellington and Co sailed into Southampton UK to prepare for a tour of Europe. Before going on to Copenhagen, Ellington completed a tour of the UK, taking in Leeds where he met Queen Elizabeth, an event which eventually resulted in the “Queen's Suite." Earlier in the year, his strange obsession with royalty had produced a piece for Princess Margaret, “Princess Blue'" The band was particularly strong in this part of its ...

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Ray Nance: Body and Soul

Read "Body and Soul" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Ray Nance recorded Body and Soul, his first album as a leader, in May 1969, almost thirty years after he took over Cootie Williams' trumpet chair in the Duke Ellington orchestra, but only about two years after Billy Strayhorn's death in May 1967, and mere days after Coleman Hawkins' in May 1969. Nance performed “Take the 'A' Train" at Strayhorn's funeral, and “Body and Soul" at Hawk's. Both threnodies are included here as duets with pianist Roland Hanna. Nowhere is ...


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