All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

171

Duke Ellington: Masterpieces By Ellington

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count

Two Hundred Fifty-Plus Words on Ellington, Part I.

Columbia Records waited until the end of 1950 before recording directly to tape, enabling pieces longer that the biblical three minutes to be recorded. All of this, in spite of the fact that long playing records debuted two years previously. This occasion was the first time in Ellington’s 25-year recording history that the maestro was able to slough off the 78-rpm format and record what he and his band played in concert. The result was Masterpieces By Ellington. The present version of this release unites the original four pieces ("Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," "The Tattooed Bride," and "Solitude") with three additional pieces, all having in common Johnny Hodges, Lawrence Brown, and Sonny Greer, each who was to depart shortly after this recording.



"Mood Indigo" and "Solitude" have Yvonne Lanauze singing with a beautiful narcotic languor, as well as Harry Carney’s signature bass clarinet. In addition, these songs are among the longest on the record, allowing Ellington to stretch out in his arrangements and intensely personal musicians to stretch out their solos. New to the period, the über-swinging "The Tattooed Bride" illustrates Ellington’s pure virtuosity regarding composition and arrangement. Never afraid to recast his compositions, Ellington provides new insights into his own music. It provides us listeners with that rare glimpse at genius reconsidering genius. This current version of this release was previously released in Japan in 1998 and now is available in the United States. How fortunate we are.



For more information, see Columbia/Legacy Records .


Track Listing: Mood Indigo; Sophisticated Lady; The Tattooed Bride; Solitude; Vagabonds; Smada; Rock-Skippin

Personnel: Francis Williams, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Nelson Williams, Clark Terry; Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Andres Merenghito

Title: Masterpieces By Ellington | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Columbia Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 22, 2018
Read Brother Raymond CD/LP/Track Review
Brother Raymond
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2018
Read Frescalalto CD/LP/Track Review
Frescalalto
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 22, 2018
Read Motion CD/LP/Track Review
Motion
by Geannine Reid
Published: May 22, 2018
Read El Duende CD/LP/Track Review
El Duende
by Chris Mosey
Published: May 22, 2018
Read Walk The Walk CD/LP/Track Review
Walk The Walk
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 21, 2018
Read "Hesitantly Pleasant" CD/LP/Track Review Hesitantly Pleasant
by John Sharpe
Published: November 12, 2017
Read "Mal Sirine" CD/LP/Track Review Mal Sirine
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 16, 2017
Read "Gleb Kolyadin" CD/LP/Track Review Gleb Kolyadin
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 22, 2018
Read "Unleashed" CD/LP/Track Review Unleashed
by John Sharpe
Published: January 20, 2018
Read "Live in Japan" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Japan
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 12, 2018
Read "This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People" CD/LP/Track Review This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: May 29, 2017