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The Symphonic Duke

Symphonic Orchestra & Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

The Symphonic Duke

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Format: CD
Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917339222
Catnr: CR 73392
Release date: 27 February 2015
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Label
Challenge Records
UPC
0608917339222
Catalogue number
CR 73392
Release date
27 February 2015

""[..]A beautiful, spatial and dynamic recording." "

Music Emotion, 01-7-2015
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About the album

“We stopped using the word jazz in 1943,” sagte Duke Ellington immer, wenn er danach gefragt wurde, seine Musik zu Kategorisieren. 1943 war auch das Jahr, in dem er sein Opus Magnum "Black, Brown and Beige" in New Yorks größten Tempel Klassischer Musik, der Carnegie Hall, uraufführte. Beide Seiten, sowohl die Kritik der Klassischen Musik als auch die des Jazz, kritisierten das Stück sei nicht klassisch oder eben nicht jazzg genug. Dies brachte Ellington zu der Aussage “We stopped using the word jazz” und damit einhergehend die Aufgabe des Schubladendenkens - für ihn. Er versuchte in seinen größeren Kompositionen nicht Jazz auf eine Klassische Art zu schreiben oder gar beide zu Verbinden. Ellinton komponierte Ellington-Musik. Mit seinem Orchester ging er neue Wege und vertrat den Ansatz: "to make the symphony swing". Und das gelang ihm auch, denn die idiosynkratische Erfindung von groovenden Riffs und fremdartigen Akkorden verbunden mit allumfassender Freude, das Alles ergibt Swing.

Composer(s)

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington influenced millions of people both around the world and at home. He gave American music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia. Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said 'His music sounds like America.' Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was...
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Duke Ellington influenced millions of people both around the world and at home. He gave American music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia.

Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said "His music sounds like America." Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was most certainly one of a kind that maintained a llifestyle with universal appeal which transcended countless boundaries.

Duke Ellington is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed during his lifetime. His best known titles include; "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", “Solitude", "In a Mellotone",and "Satin Doll". The most amazing part about Ellington was the most creative while he was on the road. It was during this time when he wrote his most famous piece, "Mood Indigo"which brought him world wide fame.

When asked what inspired him to write, Ellington replied, "My men and my race are the inspiration of my work. I try to catch the character and mood and feeling of my people".

Duke Ellington's popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theatre and soundtrack composers to come. While these compositions guarantee his greatness, whatmakes Duke an iconoclastic genius, and an unparalleled visionary, what has granted him immortality are his extended suites. From 1943's Black, Brown and Beige to 1972's The Uwis Suite, Duke used the suite format to give his jazz songs a far more empowering meaning, resonance and purpose: to exalt, mythologize and re-contextualize the African-American experience on a grand scale.

Duke Ellington was partial to giving brief verbal accounts of the moods his songs captured. Reading those accounts is like looking deep into the background of an old photo of New York and noticing the lost and almost unaccountable details that gave the city its character during Ellington's heyday, which began in 1927 when his band made the Cotton Club its home.''The memory of things gone,'' Ellington once said, ''is important to a jazz musician,'' and the stories he sometimes told about his songs are the record of those things gone. But what is gone returns, its pulse kicking, when Ellington's music plays, and never mind what past it is, for the music itself still carries us forward today.

Duke Ellington was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. He was later awarded several other prizes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the Legion of Honor by France in 1973, the highest civilian honors in each country. He died of lung cancer and pneumonia on May 24, 1974, a month after his 75th birthday, and is buried in theBronx, in New York City. At his funeral attendedby over 12,000 people at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Ella Fitzgerald summed up the occasion, "It's a very sad day...A genius has passed."


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"[..]A beautiful, spatial and dynamic recording." 
Music Emotion, 01-7-2015

This CD shows the musical potential that is still alive in Duke's works
Jazzpodium, 15-10-2014

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01.
Harlem
15:02
(Duke Ellington) Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
02.
The Queen Suite: Sunset and the Mocking Bird
04:12
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam
03.
The Queen Suite: Lighting Bugs and Frogs
03:32
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam
04.
The Queen Suite: Le Sucrier Velours
03:05
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam
05.
The Queen Suite: Northern Lights
03:45
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam
06.
The Queen Suite: The Single Petal of a Rose
04:40
(Duke Ellington) Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
07.
The Queen Suite: Apes and Peacocks
03:20
(Duke Ellington) Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam
08.
Night Creature: Blind Bug
04:56
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam
09.
Night Creature: Stalking Monster
07:47
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam
10.
Night Creature: Dazzling Creature
05:46
(Duke Ellington) Concert Jazz Band of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Symphonic Orchestra of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam

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