Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Symphonic Ellington (1963/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – The Symphonic Ellington (1963/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 41:29 minutes | 1,55 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Ellington’s revolutionizing vision of incorporating a symphony orchestra in his work unfolds with The Symphonic Ellington. This breathtaking recording is full of colorful arrangements and inspired solos. “Night Creatures,” the opening three part movement features Ellington’s effort to “make the symphony swing.” The ingenious album is a true highlight in Duke Ellington’s long established career.

In 1963 Duke Ellington realized a longtime goal, to record some of his extended works using both a symphony orchestra and his regular big band. Included on this fine CD are the three movements of “Night Creature,” the relatively brief “Non-Violent Integration,” “La Scala,” and an adaptation of Ellington’s “Harlem Air Shaft.” With most of his all-star soloists heard from in this program and a complete avoidance of trying to make his music sound so-called “respectable” or self-consciously third stream, Ellington’s arrangements keep the strings from weighing down the proceedings and the music is actually quite successful.

01 – Night Creature (1st Movement): Blind Bug
02 – Night Creature (2nd Movement): Stalking Monster
03 – Night Creature (3rd Movement): Dazzling Creature
04 – Non-Violent Integration
05 – La Scala, She Too Pretty To Be Blue
06 – Harlem