Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra|
Portraits By Ellington
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Kyle Green | Maine | 11/12/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is just good jazz. The first eight tracks are good enough; the last five will blow you away.The first movement is a good introduction to the whole thing. The second sports some good soloing and wonderful rhythm section interplay during the vibes solo. The third movement is absolutely amazing in its expressive dynamic range. The extended drum solos in the fourth movement of the suite are a bit long for my tastes, but that's just me. The fifth and final movement has an interesting, obvious, and pretty funny mistake by a member of the trumpet section that, quite surprisingly, doesn't ruin the tune at all. It rather adds to the piece. The whole thing ends in a climactic cacophony and much deserved applause.I highly recommend purchasing this album."
A tough call for the LCJO
email@example.com | Hanover, NH | 01/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Marsalis' LCJO is turning a whole new generation of musicians onto the REAL heart of Duke Ellington's music. It takes a excellent band to perform Duke's works the right way, and the LCJO is displaying the fullness of Ellingon's important contribution to American music as we know it today. This album display the awesome musicianship of some of the finest jazz players around. However, I thought this album lacked a little of the spirit and polish that are so prominent on the LCJOs other album "Live in Swing City". However, the offering of Ellington's "serious", concert type music here is definately worth a listen."
P H E N O M E N A L !!!!!!!!!
Eduardo Acosta | 08/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the CD that introduced me to LCJO and I have been an addict ever since. Marsalis and the LCJO get a chance to take on the master and they do the DUKE justice. Their mix of "old jazz masters" and up and coming artists like Wycliff Gordon lend themselves to a truly rich sound that only truly Big Bands have. The spirit of Ellington lives and it has taken residence at 66th and Broadway. I have been to a few concerts at Lincoln Center and they are incredible live, GET THIS DISC AND YOU'LL FEEL SOME OF THE ELECTRICITY GENERATED BY MUSICIANS WHO ARE MASTERS AT THEIR CRAFT. the Liberian Suite (last 5 tracks) is some of the best music ever written and you can only get it here. GET THIS NOW!!!"