Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Duke Ellington - Piano Reflections

At the time of its release this was a true rarity, a full album of Duke Ellington featured with a trio sans his orchestra. Although his talents at the piano sometimes have been overshadowed by his many accomplishments as a composer, arranger, and bandleader, Ellington was actually one of the very few stride pianists (along with Mary Lou Williams) to effectively make the transition into more modern styles of jazz without losing his own musical personality ; in fact Duke was an early influence on both Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor. Throughout this CD (which contains one previously unissued track), Ellington sounds modern (especially rhythmically and in his chord voicings) and shows that he could have made a viable career out of just being a pianist.
Scott Yanow

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Duke Ellington
Piano Reflections


1 Who Knows ? (Ellington)  2:37
2 Retrospection (Ellington)  3:58
3 B-Sharp Blues (Ellington)  2:47
4 Passion Flower (Strayhorn)  3:05
5 Dancers in Love (Ellington)  1:56
6 Reflections in D (Ellington)  3:35
7 Melancholia (Ellington)  3:20
8 Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington, Gordon, Mills)  3:04
9 In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington, Kurtz, Mills)  2:30
10 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Mercer Ellington, Persons)  2:56
11 All Too Soon (Ellington, Sigman)  3:08
12 Janet (Ellington)  2:15
13 Kinda Dukish (Ellington)  2:32
14 Montevideo (Ellington)  2:33
15 December Blue (Ellington)  2:40


[# 1-12]
Duke Ellington - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Butch Ballard - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles ; April 13 & 14, 1953
[# 13-15]
Duke Ellington - p
Wendell Marshall - b
Dave Black - dr
Ralph Colier - cng [# 14 only]
Recorded in New York ; December 3, 1953


Melanchthon said...

rev.b said...

The absolute essence of Eillington. Wish he'd made more of these, but grateful he made this. Thx Mel!

Bill said...

Thank you

hepcat said...

Thank you very much!

Angelo said...

Pure finesse!!!!

Thaks a lot!

Paul Brigg said...

Many thanks. Always a nice change to hear the Duke in a trio context.

deGallo said...

thank you

Billy said...

Thanks man, much appreciated.

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon

Tom Billisson said...

Many thanks Mel.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

moha said...

Thank You Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Steffen said...

Thank you.