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A Drum Is a Woman

Duke Ellington Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jazz Track
  • ASIN: B0012BMMYS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Drum Is a Woman 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rhythm Pum Te Dum 2:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. What Else Can You Do With a Drum 1:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. New Orleans 2:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hey, Buddy Bolden 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Carribee Joe 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Congo Square 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. A Drum Is a Woman (Part 2) 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Better Know It 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Madam Zajj 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ballet of the Flying Saucers 5:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Zajj's Dream 3:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Rhumbop 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Carribee Joe (Part 2) 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Finale0:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Pomegranate (Bonus Track) 2:460.99  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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At last we have the re-issue of Ellington's favourite of his extended works from the original tapes. Some years ago this was issued with the wrong takes of the first part and it was said that the master of the correct takes had been lost by Columbia.They have obviously now been found and the remastering is excellent.

Duke said in interview that this was the favourite of his extended works and one can see why. The band plays up a storm and the cast of singers, noteably Ossie Bailey and Margaret Tynes are superb.

This work has always been underated, perhaps because it was written as a TV production with dancing. (What a shame there is no video of this show). Never mind, it stands up remarkably well and Dukes whitty, sexy and humorous take on the history of Jazz had me smiling all the way through to the end. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ellington's best 29 Jan 2010
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I first bought this as a second hand LP in 1959. It is just as impressive now.
An urbane parable about the start of Jazz (not serious like Ellington's later long works)
It has great singing (Joya Sherril, Ozzie Bailey and Margaret Tynes, for the operatic gospelly bits) and well constructed lyrics that fit in with Ellington's witty naration. If Ellington and Strayhorn really wrote both the music and lyrics as claimed by the cover why didn't they do it more? The 1956 Band, pretty much the one that toured the UK about then, is really swinging to good arrangements. You do not need to see the TV programme it came from, close your eyes and you are in Ellington's vision of New Orleans to Latin Bop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First-time downloading MP3-fomat music 22 Mar 2014
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I am delighted to have acquired this iconic music, for which I have been searching unsuccessfully for years. It does sound very good. However, I have a question for you. The last four music CDs I purchased have appeared in my Media Player automatically: are these compressed MP3 versions, or are they full-resolution, equivalent to being ripped at maximum resolution from the CD? Appreciate the service. Thank you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Ellington-Strayhorn 22 Feb 2004
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This "musical fantasy" paralleling the history of the origins of jazz is not, despite some critics' contentions and the public's disregard, inferior Ellington. In fact, with its combination of the Maestro's narrative wit and colorful orchestrations, it's quintessential Ellington-Strayhorn, a picturesque, dramatic, and expressive tone poem that fully exploits the unique styles of Duke's key soloists (Gonsalves, Terry, Hodges, Hamilton, Woodyard, Joya Sherrill). Ellington's ironies and symbolism are admittedly not always obvious, but his scholarship is right on. The attention to the African-West Indies-American synergies, the legend surrounding Buddy Bolden, the exotic and hypnotic atmosphere of Congo Square are oral history brought to life by Duke's musical magic.
No doubt this work was the inspiration behind Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Blood on the Fields," a more ambitious but comparatively less rich musical epic about the African-American experience. Once again, it's not violent but barren cultural fields that threaten our liberation from ignorance.
You'll have to look for this one on eBay, possibly settling for the original LP. It's essential Ellington, equally engaging for youthful and experienced listeners, good enough to justify fixing up the old turntable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Your mileage may vary." 24 Mar 2011
By Frank Lynch - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether or not you'll like this will depend on how insistent you are on the "typical" Ellington experience: a seamless, swinging group of tunes with outstanding solos. Ellington had different ambitions for this music, and you're not going to find that here. The music is fine, but there is spoken-word narration; there are vocals like you hear in Black, Brown, and Beige.

By and large I think Ellington succeeded on achieving his ambitions, and I'd give it a four. But I haven't embraced it yet; it will never be put on as background music (it demands and deserves more attention), but I think it's successful.
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT the best Ellington the money can buy 25 Jan 2014
By Nikica Gilic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is not a usual project for Ellington - connected to a TV special, it is not really satisfactory in the CD form...
The vocals abound but are mostly not comparable with the best Ellingtonia vocals and the orchestra itself is in background.
Ellington's voice is excellent for narration but I didn't really like the text very much (about Carribian Joe and the primitive drum-woman Mme Zajj)...
There's some nice drumming, though... Did I mention the orchestra takes back seat to singing in narration too often?

This is mostly for Ellington completists, in my humble opinion - as a proud owner of an entire shelf full of Ellington's music, I must say this album will never enter my top 10 Ellington projects list. This is not BAD in any way, but it is very, very far from
fulfilling the Ellington's potential.
Also, the afficionados of drums and percussion might like to check it out.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Playful Ellington 3 Dec 2008
By Cynthia Waller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. It is not one that you can listen to only once and love. The more you listen to it, the better it gets. It is whimsical and fun. My mother listened to it in the fifties. I listened to it in the seventies, eighties, etc. etc. I think it is timeless if you know and love this great music we call Jazz. You have to listen to it like you are reading a book so you get the nuances. " Keep the change officer... because I'll be coming back just as fast as I am going." C'mon you got to love it. Ellington is so wonderful albeit a bit sexist.... context is everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must 3 May 2008
By Alain Robert - Published on Amazon.com
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We were waiting for this reedition for a long time.
A must for every Elligton's fan, and for anybody who wants to know someting about jazz.
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