Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
No one part is greater than the whole...
reading man | 10/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sweden was special to Duke Ellington. He first visited just before World War II, and completed an extensive tour of Scandinavia and Europe in late 1963 prior to a return to Sweden in March 1964 for this classic performance.
Mr. Ellington describes Harlem on an early Sunday morning-"nice people/naughty people; a funeral procession; friendly people going to church; and, a hip chick standing on the corner, she too in a friendly mood." The scene comes to life through the solos of Cootie Williams (trumpet), Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet), Harry Carney (baritone sax/bass clarinet), Russell Procope (clarinet), Lawrence Brown (trombone), and Cat Anderson (trumpet).
'The Opener" begins the set at a brisk pace, and is the only other track showcasing more than one soloist. The other primary soloists are: Johnny Hodges (alto sax), Paul Gonzalez (tenor sax), Cat Anderson (trumpet), and Cootie Williams (trumpet).
The rhythm section carries "Satin Doll" alone, providing a soft effect. The music is joyous and ominous, all held down by the steady support of Jimmy Woode (bass) and Sam Woodyard (drums).
Mr. Ellington never takes a solo, content to support the others.
Each individual is a great musician, but it is their combined power that gives this performance its timeless vitality. No one part is greater than the whole. Everyone gets his chance to shine. I have listened to a lot of Duke Ellington's music, but after giving Harlem well-deserved attention, I am developing a deeper appreciation for the enjoyment this American ambassador brought to people throughout the world for so many years.
Other than Louis Armstrong, I can think of no one else who made a greater contribtion to jazz than Mr. Ellington. He always sought to perform at his best. He succeeded admirably here, creating warm bonds between his band and those fortunate enough to hear this concert.
Five full stars for Harlem."