The Symphonic Ellington Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
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- 1Night Creature (First Movement): Blind Bug04:07
- 2Night Creature (Second Movement): Stalking Monster07:52
- 3Night Creature (Third Movement): Dazzling Creature04:02
- 4Non-Violent Integration05:27
- 5La Scala, She Too Pretty To Be Blue06:14
Info for The Symphonic Ellington
In 1963 Duke Ellington realized a longtime goal, to record some of his extended works using both a symphony orchestra and his regular big band. Included on this fine CD are the three movements of 'Night Creature,' the relatively brief 'Non-Violent Integration,' 'La Scala,' and an adaptation of Ellington's 'Harlem Air Shaft.' With most of his all-star soloists heard from in this program and a complete avoidance of trying to make his music sound so-called 'respectable' or self-consciously third stream, Ellington's arrangements keep the strings from weighing down the proceedings and the music is actually quite successful. (Scott Yanow)
'...THE SYMPHONIC ELLINGTON involves a now-fully-stabilized 1963 personnel plus, in [annotator Stanley] Dance's words, `some 500 of the best talents from the symphonic resources of Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm and Milan'...' (Down Beat 6/93)
Duke Ellington, piano
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Buster Cooper, trombone
Chuck Connors, bass trombone
Ernie Shepard, double bass
Ray Nance, violin & cornet
Russell Procope, clarinet & alto saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet & tenor saxophone
Harry Carney, bass clarinet & baritone saxophone
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Roy Burrowes, trumpet
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Sam Woodyard, drums
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