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Ellington Masterpieces

American Jazz Orchestra

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Benny Powell(Trombone),  Bill Easley(Clarinet),  Bill Easley(Sax (Tenor)),  Bob Millikan(Trumpet),  Danny Bank(Clarinet),  Danny Bank(Sax (Baritone)),  Dick Katz(Piano),  Eddie Bert(Trombone),  Howard Collins(Guitar),  Jimmy Knepper(Trombone),  John Eckert(Trumpet),  John Goldsby(Bass),  John Lewis(Piano),  John Purcell(Clarinet),  John Purcell(Sax (Alto)),  Loren Schoenberg(Sax (Tenor)),  Marvin Stamm(Trumpet),  Mel Lewis(Drums),  Norris Turney(Clarinet),  Norris Turney(Sax (Alto)),  Norris Turney(Sax (Soprano)),  Virgil Johns(Trumpet),  Nesuhi Ertegun(Producer),  Billy Strayhorn(Composer),  Duke Ellington(Composer),  Gus Kahn(Composer),  James V. Monaco(Composer),  Jerome Kern(Composer),  John Lewis(Conductor),  Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)(Composer),  Gary Giddins(Leader),  John Lewis(Leader)

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With musicological thoroughness, some crack musicians and the best of intentions, John Lewis leads New York's American Jazz Orchestra in 15 transcriptions from one of Duke Ellington's prime periods (1940-43), plus Rockin' In Rhythm from 1930. If you had not heard the originals, you would probably come away from these reinterpretations exhilarated, because the AJO does a scrupulously vigorous job. The soloists occasionally parrot the notes of the original Ellingtonians but are also allowed at other times to go their own way, with tenor saxophonist/orchestra manager Loren Schoenberg taking on the mantle of Ben Webster with a light touch. Lewis himself appears on piano only in Bojangles and a freely adapted Rockin' In Rhythm; Mel Lewis drives the rhythm section expertly, if more flamboyantly than the style of Duke's Sonny Greer. Besides standards like Take the 'A' Train, Warm Valley, Jack the Bear, Concerto for Cootie, and Cotton Tail, there is also room for less-heralded but worthy swingers like the Ellingtonian treatment of Sidewalks of New York. Still, although it is certainly true that the music is there in the score -- as a visitor to the sessions commented -- the unique timbres and blendings of the Ellington orchestra are elusive as ever, although there are times (Bojangles) when the spirit almost conjures itself. If a choice has to be made between the originals and these reinterpretations, go with the originals, but the AJO versions aren't a bad second choice at all. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

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  • 01. Sepia Panorama (03:41)
  • 02. Johnny Come Lately (03:26)
  • 03. All Too Soon (04:04)
  • 04. Ko Ko (02:45)
  • 05. Chloe (03:51)
  • 06. Bojangles (04:02)
  • 07. Cotton Tail (03:46)
  • 08. Warm Valley (04:07)
  • 09. Sidewalks of New York (03:29)
  • 10. Main Stem (02:50)
  • 11. Jack the Bear (03:41)
  • 12. Take the "A" Train (03:13)
  • 13. Concerto for Cootie (03:35)
  • 14. Conga Brava (03:20)
  • 15. Rockin' in Rhythm (05:53)

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American Jazz Orchestra

In 1985, when jazz critic Gary Giddins was told by producer Roberta Swann that she was thinking of putting together a modern classical ensemble, he suggested that she help create a jazz repertory orchestra instead. With John Lewis as the musical director, the American Jazz Orchestra had their debut concert in 1986, playing works associated with Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson,

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