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All American in Jazz + Midnight in Paris + 2 bonus tracks [Extra tracks]

Duke Ellington Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Essential Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B00BWS4TF6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,145 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The greates 20 Feb 2014
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I have been waiting for the Midnight In Paris album on CD for years, and at last it's available. The whole album is excellent but I have had a soft spot for the Paris album ever since I lost my vinyl copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and The Bland 24 Sep 2013
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This release on Essential Jazz Classics finally makes widely available on CD two Ellington albums recorded in 1962.

This is the first time 'All American In Jazz' has been available in this format. Having heard it now, I have to wonder how such an enjoyable record can have remained in the shadows for so long. It is a bizarre concept, to be sure: these are Ellington's jazz takes on songs from an obscure and, I infer from the liner notes, not very successful musical. The music was written by Charlie Strouse and yet every note sounds Ellingtonian. The feel of some of these songs reminds me of Ellington and Strayhorn's 'Such Sweet Thunder', and the work does not suffer in comparison. The album is very short, consisting of ten songs, but give me quality over quantity any day. The only song that left me a little cold was the closing flag-waver, 'What A Country!' The arrangements are sparse and crafted with care, allowing the listener to bask in the delights of prime Hodges, Carney, Brown, Nance, Hamilton and Gonsalves, to name but a few. You've got to like the Duke and Strayhorn's bitter-sweet voicings to go for this. If you do, you are in for a treat.

'Midnight In Paris' makes for an interesting comparison. On the face of it, there are obvious similarities: only three songs were written by Ellington or Strayhorn; the personnel is similar; and the arrangements are quite roomy. In reality it's chalk and cheese. Where 'All American In Jazz' is perky, fun and inventive, 'Midnight In Paris' is laboured and, frankly, a bit bland. Still, it's worth having for the fact that it contains a number of songs you'll never hear Ellington play anywhere else.

Essential Jazz Classics seem to like to include bonus tracks for the sake of it, and this release is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 April 2013
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How else do you describe Ellingtonia that hasn't been issued on CD until now? Welcome back.

This is the reissue of the contents of the 1962 Album "All American In Jazz", along with the long unavailable "Midnight In Paris".

Wonderful music from the master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Duke 28 Jun 2013
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What more can one say. It,s the Duke at his best always I have a large collection of Duke Ellington already. I met him and his band in Southampton many years ago.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beauty and The Bland 24 Sep 2013
By Udeen - Published on Amazon.com
This release on Essential Jazz Classics finally makes widely available on CD two Ellington albums recorded in 1962.

This is the first time 'All American In Jazz' has been available in this format. Having heard it now, I have to wonder how such an enjoyable record can have remained in the shadows for so long. It is a bizarre concept, to be sure: these are Ellington's jazz takes on songs from an obscure and, I infer from the liner notes, not very successful musical. The music was written by Charlie Strouse and yet every note sounds Ellingtonian. The feel of some of these songs reminds me of Ellington and Strayhorn's 'Such Sweet Thunder', and the work does not suffer in comparison. The album is very short, consisting of ten songs, but give me quality over quantity any day. The only song that left me a little cold was the closing flag-waver, 'What A Country!' The arrangements are sparse and crafted with care, allowing the listener to bask in the delights of prime Hodges, Carney, Brown, Nance, Hamilton and Gonsalves, to name but a few. You've got to like the Duke and Strayhorn's bitter-sweet voicings to go for this. If you do, you are in for a treat.

'Midnight In Paris' makes for an interesting comparison. On the face of it, there are obvious similarities: only three songs were written by Ellington or Strayhorn; the personnel is similar; and the arrangements are quite roomy. In reality it's chalk and cheese. Where 'All American In Jazz' is perky, fun and inventive, 'Midnight In Paris' is laboured and, frankly, a bit bland. Still, it's worth having for the fact that it contains a number of songs you'll never hear Ellington play anywhere else.

Essential Jazz Classics seem to like to include bonus tracks for the sake of it, and this release is no exception. The vocal version of 'Paris Blues' is cringe-inducing and a solo guitar version of 'Guitar Amour' doesn't belong here: it's lifted straight off the soundtrack album 'Paris Blues'.

On another day I might question Ellington's choice of drummer. That would be to steal the thunder of 'All American In Jazz', a fine unheralded Ellington/Strayhorn record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I've searched for Midnight in Paris... 30 Oct 2013
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for 25 years. I have this album on vinyl...the second Ellington album I purchased within a year of the recording date. I enjoyed the record, played it again and again. I packed up the turntable and gave way to disc about 25 years ago and have hoped to find this on disc ever since. I didn't know until I read the material with this that it includes the only recording Ellington made of Under Paris Skies.

The recordings are in the style of that era...under 4 minutes each. That is the only negative thing I can add. This is a great example of the Ellington band in top form.
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