The Other Side of Ellington

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2 I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 5:58 $1.49 Buy
3 Skrontch 4:06 $1.49 Buy
4 Take The A Train 1:22 $1.49 Buy
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6 Don't Get Around Much Anymore 4:58 $1.49 Buy
7 Ad Lib on Nippon 4:19 $1.49 Buy
8 Wig Wise 3:45 $1.49 Buy
9 A Train (duo) 1:37 $1.49 Buy
10 Blues In Blueprint 4:12 $1.49 Buy
11 Satin Doll 1:43 $1.49 Buy
12 Duke's Motivation 3:47 $1.49 Buy

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Duke's Motivation: Joel Frahm (soprano & tenor saxophones); David Berkman (piano); Pete McCann (guitar); Ben Allison (bass); Matt Wilson (drums).

Recorded at Maggie's Farm, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Includes liner notes by Matt Wilson.

This is part of Palmetto's The Other Side series.

The main problem with some tribute albums is the listener comes away with the feeling, "why didn't I just listen to the originals instead?" Many "tributes" end up as unsatisfying by being too reverential (no chances taken, potential wasted) or too wacky or bizarre for its own sake with the interpretations ("they turned my favorite song into THAT?"). This album sidesteps both pitfalls, and ends up being one of the more singular re-evaluations of the art of Duke Ellington.

The quintet of Wilson, McCann, Berkman, Allison and Frahm cover not only the most well-known classics, but little-heard gems from the Duke's catalog. Moreover, they truly put their own spin on the material. "Satin Doll" gets a very fluid, angular Thelonious Monk-style treatment, and "Blues in Blueprint" features McCann's rocked-out wah-wah pedal-driven guitar juxtaposed to Frahm's rich, blues-drenched saxophone (think Lou Donaldson, David "Fathead" Newman). Furthermore, this quintet plays with a balance of adventure and restraint--there's not one wasted note anywhere. The Duke might well have been impressed.