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Various Artists: Duke Ellington Swings!: The Music of the Duke

Track List

>I'm Gonna Go Fishin' - Mel Tormé
>In a Mellow Tone - Clark Terry/Lewis Nash/Lorne Lofsky/Oscar Peterson/Robert Brown/Benny Carter
>Cotton Tail - Ray Brown Trio/Ulf Wakenius
>Take the "A" Train - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
>In a Sentimental Mood - Jim Hall
>Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Ahmad Jamal Trio
>Rockin' in Rhythm - Mel Tormé
>I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Joe Pass/André Previn/Robert Brown/Ray Brown
>Take Love Easy - Bobby Short
>Satin Doll - Martin Drew/Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen/Oscar Peterson
>Things Ain't What They Used to Be - Dave Brubeck (previously unreleased)
>Azure - Joe Pass
>It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Mel Tormé

Album Notes

Includes liner notes by Donald Elfman.

Personnel: Mel Tormé (vocals, drums); Bobby Short (vocals); Jim Hall, Lorne Lofsky, Ulf Wakenius (guitar); Clark Terry (trumpet); Dave Brubeck, André Previn , Oscar Peterson (piano); Lewis Nash , Martin Drew (drums).

Liner Note Author: Donald Elfman.

Telarc Jazz's contribution to the Ellington centenary was this engaging compilation, all material from the '90s back catalog, with two notable exceptions. As bait for the complete Dave Brubeck collector, they've thrown in a pair of unreleased tracks left over from the Brubeck Quartet's tour of the U.K. in November 1998: a lengthy exploration of "Take The 'A' Train" with a hot solo by tenor Bobby Militello and some polytonal romping by Brubeck and a relaxed solo piano version of Mercer Ellington's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Two live tracks with Mel Tormé at his most ingratiating bracket the album ("I'm Gonna Go Fishin'," "It Don't Mean a Thing"), and right in the center is a spiffy Tormé turn at the drums on "Rockin' in Rhythm." The remainder of the tracks are given over to such reliable mainstream stalwarts as Oscar Peterson, the Ray Brown Trio, Jim Hall, Ahmad Jamal, the trio of André Previn, Joe Pass, and Brown and Bobby Short. ~ Richard S. Ginell


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