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Joe Beck (Guitar)/Terry Clarke (Drums)/Gary Burton (Vibes)/Jay Leonhart: Music of Duke Ellington

Track List

>In a Mellow Tone
>Rockin' in Rhythm
>C Jam Blues
>Love You Madly
>Azure
>Cottontail
>Creole Love Song

Album Notes

Full performer name: Jay Leonhart/Joe Beck/Gary Burton/Terry Clark.

Personnel: Jay Leonhart (bass); Joe Beck (guitar); Gary Burton (vibraphone); Terry Clark (drums).

Recorded at Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York on November 8, 1994. Includes liner notes by Duke Ellington.

This swinging session focuses on a dozen standards from the vast Duke Ellington songbook. Bassist Jay Leonhart sings along with his bass a la Slam Stewart to open "In a Mellotone" and "C Jam Blues." A loping "Azure" features Joe Beck's brash guitar contrasting with Gary Burton's bluesy vibes. Burton and Leonhart's smoking duo version of "Take the 'A' Train" and a soft pretty take of "Isfahan" (omitting Beck) are the top tracks of the date. A pleasant, if not essential CD. ~ Ken Dryden



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