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Armstrong & Ellington: The Great Summit

Read "Armstrong & Ellington: The Great Summit" reviewed by John Ballon

No two musicians defined the first half of the Jazz Century more than Duke Ellington & Louis “Satchmo" Armstrong. Duke was the dashingly elegant mad-genius of composition, a black Mozart who imbued jazz with an emotional sophistication and wit that will never be surpassed. Louis almost single-handedly popularized the art of the solo, liberating jazz from ...

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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Great Summit/Complete Sessions

Read "The Great Summit/Complete Sessions" reviewed by Jim Santella

A collector’s item, The Great Summit places two fathers of jazz together in the studio with a small ensemble. It was Louis Armstrong’s all-star band with guest pianist Duke Ellington, and 1961 marked a gradual turning in both artists’ careers. In time, both would use their instruments less often, as matters turned toward other paths. Armstrong’s ...

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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Great Summit: Complete Sessions

Read "The Great Summit: Complete Sessions" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jazz fans are a lot like sports fanatics. Just as we would turn out to see the now seventy year-old Arnold Palmer shoot over par or Willie Mays play in an old timers game, we cherish the recordings of elder jazzmen. In 1961, the sixty-somethings Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong got together for two days of ...

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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Great Summit: The Complete Sessions

Read "The Great Summit: The Complete Sessions" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

After already leading his illustrious band for many decades, Duke Ellington saw fit to engage in a number of extracurricular activities during the early part of the ‘60s. All of these endeavors proved to be quite successful, including Impulse dates with John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins and the celebrated Money Jungle with Charles Mingus and Max ...

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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Complete Sessions

Read "Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington: The Complete Sessions" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Could it be that two of the greatest geniuses contributing to the development of jazz music were born a mere year apart? Yes, it could be. No, it may not be. Well, it depends on the legitimacy of a birth and the authenticity of records. Louis Armstrong, not knowing his actual birth date and ...


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