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Piano Reflections
Duke Ellington
Piano Reflections
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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These 1953 recordings brought Duke the pianist into clear focus, proving him to be a clever, quirky, thoughtful, and bold improviser--often simultaneously. Ellington wrote 8 of these 15 cuts specifically for this record, w...  more »

      
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All Artists: Duke Ellington
Title: Piano Reflections
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Release Date: 9/20/1989
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077779286324, 0077779286355, 077779286355

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These 1953 recordings brought Duke the pianist into clear focus, proving him to be a clever, quirky, thoughtful, and bold improviser--often simultaneously. Ellington wrote 8 of these 15 cuts specifically for this record, while offering new interpretations of classics such as "Prelude to a Kiss," "In a Sentimental Mood," and "All Too Soon" plus Billy Strayhorn's delicate "Passion Flower" and son Mercer's "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." As strong as those readings are, the highlights here are the new pieces. "Reflections in D," "Retrospection," and "Melancholia" are spooky-but-serene tone poems; "Montevideo" and "Kinda Dukish" (actually the introduction to "Rockin' in Rhythm") are jagged and urgent; and "Janet," a two-minute suite in three parts, combines both moods. The lesser-known "Dancers in Love" (from The Perfume Suite) receives a delightful treatment that shows just how much can be said with one title and two minutes. --Marc Greilsamer

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My favorite
David Graham | Wisconsin USA | 09/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was my favorite Ellington disk on vinyl, and one of the first I replaced with a CD--with one additional track, happily. It's easy to hear how much Monk was influenced by Ellington, just as others have noted. Duke really was an amazing pianist, endlessly inventive, humorous, quirky, and lyrical. His orchestral music is great, of course, but if you're a fan of piano trios, this is one of the all-time best."
The Master at work
Michael R. Lachance | Maine, USA | 08/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Everything you need to appreciate Ellington is here on this CD. His skill at composition and his magical ear are illustrated beyond compare. You will hear the depth and mood of the slow pieces and the outright swing of the faster ones. Kinda' Dukish has always been a favorite and the syncopation and timing on this track is utterly amazing. This CD is required Ellington."
Masterful!
Michael S. Goldfarb | Verplanck, NY United States | 07/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's not much to add to what the other reviewers have said. I've owned the LP of this album since the 70s, and it's just flat-out wonderful!Ellington is generally remembered as a genius composer and bandleader, but he was also an ace pianist. These solo and trio performances show that his unique style encompassed everything from the stride/ragtime/barrelhouse styles he heard in his youth to the sophisticated chromatic "modern" approach of the 50s. And he could be just as expressive alone on the piano as with his orchestra full of monster soloists...Great stuff!(Also recommended for hearing Duke as pianist: the 1961 sessions with Louis Armstrong, now available in a couple of different CD packages. Fantastic!)"