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Duke Ellington (1899-1974):
Harlem (orch. Maurice Peress)
Black, Brown and Beige (orch. Maurice Peress)
Three Black Kings (completed by Mercer Ellington)
The River - Suite (orch. Ron Collier)
Billy Strayhorn (1915-1967):
Take the ‘A’ Train (arr. Duke Ellington)
Sal Andolina, clarinet, alto saxophone
Tony Di Lorenzo, trumpet
Amy Licata, violin
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington wrote some of the twentieth century’s greatest Big Band music, but he also wrote in a variety of forms. The boisterous and evocative Harlem pays tribute to Ellington’s roots, Black, Brown, and Beige sets work songs and spirituals, whilst the suite from The River shows his genius in writing for the stage. Three Black Kings, scored as a ballet, was left unfinished at his death, but shows no lessening of invention. Ellington’s arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train became famous around the world after the outbreak of World War II, and ranks among the most widely recorded standards of all time.
Recorded May 9-11, 2012 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, NY.
Producer and recording engineer: Tim Handley