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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Duke Ellington - Orchestral Works (1970)

Update 03/04/2012: I've removed the share because this album has been released digitally by Geffen and is available now from Amazon.com, 7digital and iTunes. Show your support by buying it today!

Erich Kunzel conducts The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in this 1970 recording. This album stands as one of the more successful attempts to merge jazz and orchestral music. This kind of thing has the potential to go horribly wrong. It manages to mostly avoid the "cheese" trap, due in part to Duke Ellington's direct involvement. He contributes beautiful piano work throughout and the rhythm section, brought forward a bit more than you'd expect, is very strong.

When this album was released on CD in 1989, five bonus tracks of "Poetic Commentary" by Duke Ellington himself were added. They fit in nicely and do a lot to explain the context of the pieces, without pulling you out of the mood that the original album tracks create.

While not directly related, check out this cool TV commercial for Zenith's Dual Dimension Circle of Sound, from 1970, the same year this album was released, that stars the man himself, Duke Ellington:



Duke Ellington - Orchestral Works (1970)
1. Poetic Commentary A (1:38)
2. New World A'Coming (11:16)
3. Poetic Commentary B (2:32)
4. Harlem (14:14)
5. Poetic Commentary C (1:27)
6. Stanza 1: The Golden Broom (10:15)
7. Poetic Commentary D (1:16)
8. Stanza 2: The Green Apple (4:26)
9. Poetic Commentary E (1:29)
10. Stanza 3: The Handsome Traffic Policeman (5:56)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you able to post the following Sun's albums?

ROCKOVERGRACELAND's links are no longer active. By the way, thanks much for the other Suns albums that you are currently sharing.

On a Magic Carpet

A Swingin' Thing

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to hearing the Ellington Orchestral Works, but per Megaupload, "the file is...temporarily unavailable" and that's been so for the past few days. I'm hoping you can restore the link. Thanks for the post and for "Anatomy."

Kevin Sartori said...

Anonymous, the file was on the verge of expiring, so I extended it. Thanks for letting me know! It should be available now. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Looks like this Ellington file is not available either. Can that be fixed? Thanks again.

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Anonymous said...

Super!! Thanks for getting both the Ellington files up. Great music!