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Duke Ellington: The Symphonic Portrait / Works by Ellington / US Air Force Orch.

> Black, Brown And Beige (arr. M. Peress) - Black, Brown And Beige (arr. M. Peress)
> New World a-Comin' (arr. M. Peress) - New World a-Comin' (arr. M. Peress)
> Harlem (arr. L. Henderson and M. Peress) - Harlem (arr. L. Henderson and M. Peress)
> Three Black Kings (arr. M. Peress) - Three Black Kings (arr. M. Peress)

Album Summary

>Ellington, Duke : Black, Brown and Beige Suite
>Ellington, Duke : New World A-comin'
>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
>Ellington, Duke : Three Black Kings
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Duke Ellington (1899-1974) carries a musical legacy that extends beyond the realms of being a writer or bandleader. His music still stands as a brilliant model of American compositional creativity. Although Ellington had a profound influence in the world of jazz, his mastery extends even further into several other compositional outputs including concerti, tone poems, film scores, ballets, big band arrangements and several operas. The four works found on Duke Ellington: The Symphonic Portrait are some of these masterworks that were eventually arranged for the symphony orchestra. Each selection varies greatly in structure, however Ellington's visionary compositional style, combined with his discomfort with musical labels such as jazz and classical, resulted in a genre that integrated these distinct styles most effectively.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Center for the Performing Arts, George Mason Univer (01/1988).



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Works Details

>Ellington, Duke : Black, Brown and Beige Suite
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Orchestra, Washington DC
  • Running Time: 20 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : New World A-comin'
  • Performer: Wade Beach (Piano)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 15 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 16 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Ellington, Duke : Three Black Kings
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 19 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern