Post Tagged with: "Billy Strayhorn"

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Provocative and fanciful, they bring Ellington and Strayhorn closer to us.

One Track Mind: Rick Stone Trio, “Ballad for Very Sad and Very Tired Lotus Eaters” (2011)

Rick Stone picks more obvious standards elsewhere on his forthcoming release, Fractals.

Duke Ellington – Live at the Whitney (1995)

Early on, you never heard much piano from Duke Ellington, a grievous thing. It was only in the twilight of his career that this American jazz master regularly consented to taping some shows where his impish wit at the instrument could be heard front and center.

Delfeayo Marsalis – Sweet Thunder (2011)

Delfeayo Marsalis – Sweet Thunder (2011)

Delfeayo Marsalis doesn’t just rediscover Duke Ellington. He reanimates Ellington as a living breathing thing, a collaborative voice.

Forgotten series: Duke Ellington and John Coltrane (1962)

To take the old-school harmonic brilliance of Duke Ellington into the realm of John Coltane — soon to establish himself as the picture of avant garde, stimulatingly free, out there in such a way as to legitimately draw comparisons with the spiritual — was, you imagine, a challenge of equal measure for both. Coltrane’s core band is joined by EllingtonRead More

Deep Cuts: John Coltrane with the Red Garland Trio "Traneing In" (1957)

Just because I haven’t written a whole lot about John Coltrane up to this point doesn’t mean I don’t seriously revere the man’s music. But what is there left to be said about Coltrane that hasn’t already been said with much more eloquent words than I can muster? There are, however, a few Trane tunes I love that I rarelyRead More

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra – Fire of the Fundamentals (1994)

by Nick DeRiso While it doesn’t have the cohesiveness of 1992’s “Portraits of Ellington,” this makes its own kind of statement. The playlist is an evocative pairing of older, traditional big-band selections by composers like Billy Strayhorn, with more modern tunes from Miles, Monk and Coltrane. In that way, the CD nearly mirrors the band’s own makeup.