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Genres: Jazz, Pop
In the scope of the Ellington catalog, this record from the maestro's short Capitol tenure represents more of a historical curiosity than an essential entry. For one, Ellington '55 is the band's first foray into the world ... more »
In the scope of the Ellington catalog, this record from the maestro's short Capitol tenure represents more of a historical curiosity than an essential entry. For one, Ellington '55 is the band's first foray into the world of long players; thus they have a chance to stretch out well beyond the three-minute limit, shedding new light on four Ellington chestnuts. Even more fascinating are the six jazz standards from outside the Ellington songbook. After hearing the Ellington orchestra tackle Goodman's "Stompin' at the Savoy," Basie's "One O'Clock Jump," Waller's "Honeysuckle Rose," Hampton's "Flying Home," Miller's "In the Mood," and the warhorse "Body and Soul," one can only marvel at the Duke's ability to recast any tune in his own band's image. Only the absence of Johnny Hodges, who was in the midst of his short-lived solo career, is a mild disappointment, but overall the record finds the rest of the band in a spirited and frolicsome mood. --Marc Greilsamer
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A good album to buy if you like ellinton; otherwise, don't.
G. Wallace | 10/20/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album is OK, but it's not Ellington and company at their best. This album would be a great addition to a someone's collection of ellington. If you have never bought an ellington album though, i would suggest something from the band of the 60's instead."
Half of this is great
G. Wallace | Hilliard, OH USA | 03/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The opening Rockin' in Rhythm is just brilliant. The closing bonus "Don't Mean a Thing", at ten minutes plus, is just as brilliant. Lots of good stuff between, such as Black & Tan Fantasy, Honeysuckle Rose (with the brass playing Scrapple from the Apple behind Jimmy Hamilton's clarinet solo), and Flying Home (in which the entire band plays the Illinois Jacquet solo). Some of this is so good that I consider it essential."