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And His Mother Called Him Bill

20 Nov. 1995 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 10 Nov. 1995
  • Release Date: 20 Nov. 1995
  • Label: RCA Bluebird
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  • Total Length: 1:01:14
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  • ASIN: B001IPWVC6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,336 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2011
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The music of Duke Ellington is like a vast warm lake whose far shores can only be glimpsed, into which it is a noble pleasure to plunge whenever one is in the mood. The Duke was a unique bandleader, a dandy, a sophisti-cat, a man of discerning taste, a ladies` man, and a consummate musician to his fingertips. The best players in jazz passed through the ranks of the Ellington orchestra, and many of them are here on this pitch-perfect tribute to the elusive Billy Strayhorn, composer of all these pieces, who had just died of cancer. "Bill" was the Estragon to Duke`s Vladimir, if you will, the moonlight to his sunshine.
Ellngton chose a few of Strayhorn`s lesser known compositions for this loving record of a creative friendship (refusing, so the excellent sleevenotes tell us, to play Lush Life, for reasons that are not made too clear) but giving us the beautiful Day Dream and a final composition, from his hospital bed, the pointedly-titled Blood Count, both of which contain heartbreaking alto sax solos by the great Johhny Hodges, as does the slow and sad After All.
There is a solo rendition of Lotus Blossom by Duke himself, recorded as the band were packing up, with their voices audible in the background, and is a fascinating document in itself. A trio version, with Harry Carney on baritone sax, is heard as one of the extra tracks on this lovingly assembled remastered reissue. Among the welcome extras are the languidly lovely My Little Brown Book, with gorgoeus solos from various members of this elite band.
There must have been an aura of sadness in the studio at these `67 dates, and a certain melancholia does pervade these tracks, but the musicians play with a disarming delicacy, almost a lightness, as though playing at the composer`s graveside.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2004
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No Lush Life, no A Train, no Chelsea Bridge. When Duke decided to pay tribute to Billy Strayhorn shortly after his death, he included less known numbers but made a fantastic tribute to his arranger. The Ellington band at its best is difficult to beat, but on this occasion they were playing for a special reason and and they excelled themselves. Strayhorn's last composition and arrangement was written in hospital shortly before he died. I defy anyone not to get goose pimples from hearing Hodges playing it.
An absolute must. If anyone tells you that big bands were dead in the sixties, just play them this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Sept. 2011
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Most jazz fans with any appreciation of Ellington will probably put this set in perhaps the top 5 of the his output. From the opening bars of 'Snibor' to the final track- the bonus addition of 'Lotus Blossom', the listener is in for a treat. This is Ellington and his crew at their very best: powerful swinging performances, great solos and moments of real sensitivity and beauty put at the service of some very tasty arrangements and memorable tunes. My particular faves include 'My Little Brown Book' and the solo piano version of 'Lotus Blossom', but why take my word? Find out for yourself what is on offer. I can guarantee a genuinely fulfilling and enjoyable musical experience. And just for once, the additional tracks included in this reissue add rather then lessen the listening pleasure.

No finer tribute to Billy Strayhorn -could be imagined. Remastered and nicely packaged with informative sleevenotes, this issue would be a great addition to any music lover's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Thompson on 14 Sept. 2010
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Probably the best Ellington studio recording of the sixties.Everyone on top form here out of respect for Billy Strayhorn. Wonderful Hodges,Cootie,and Cat Anderson.The guest appearence on some numbers of Clark Terry adds to the
high level of virtuosity.The Duke steals it with an end of session solo on Lotus Blossom.Just buy it and enjoy it for a million years
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A W CHAMPION on 24 Feb. 2013
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I wanted music by Billy Strayhorn and this provided a good selection. The quality of the recording was good as well
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