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Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington [Hardcover]

Terry Teachout
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17 Oct 2013
Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington was arguably the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century - and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. His music, too, was powerful and entirely original. Andre Previn compared him to Stravinsky and Prokofiev, Percy Grainger to Bach and Delius. But in fact he was very much his own man. The grandson of a slave, Ellington dropped out of high school to become a musical showman of incomparable suavity, as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his famous style. When he raised his fingers, the music that blazed out had its own unique richness and range. He wrote hundreds of compositions, many of which remain beloved standards, and sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing himself behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm. In this revealing biography, Terry Teachout skillfully peels away the countless layers of Ellington's evasion to tell the unvarnished truth about a creative genius and musical pioneer
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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  • Hardcover: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Co.(UK)Ltd (17 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592407498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407491
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,475,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Teachout adroitly chronicles how Ellington coaxed from his ensemble such timeless hits as "Mood Indigo". And he adeptly evokes the personalities of the ducal band. --The Economist

Drawing on candid, unpublished interviews, Teachout tells a compelling story. --Choice Magazine Terry Teachout [...] chronicles this life in meticulous detail... probably gets as close to the Duke as we'll ever get. --The Times

This impeccably written and researched tome gives us vivid glimpses of the real man behind the mask. --Record Collector There are dozens of books about Ellington, this is among the most remarkable. --Mojo

He keeps his psychoanalysis within safe limits; he contextualises historically without sounding contrived, and honours his subject's musical achievements through just the right amount of close analysis. --Scotsman Magazine

This impeccably written and researched tome gives us vivid glimpses of the real man behind the mask. --Record Collector

Excellent, revelatory and, with eighty-one pages of source notes, copiously documented book. --Times Literary Supplement

This impeccably written and researched tome gives us vivid glimpses of the real man behind the mask. --Record Collector There are dozens of books about Ellington, this is among the most remarkable. --Mojo --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Terry Teachout is the drama critic for The Wall Street Journal. He blogs about the arts at www.terryteachout.com. His previous books include Pops: The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong, All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine, The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken, and A Terry Teachout Reader. A trained musician who has played jazz professionally, he has also written two plays, Satchmo at the Waldorf and Breaking and Entering, and the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec, The Letter, Danse Russe, and The King's Man. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars DUKE 19 Dec 2013
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This was bought as a present for my husband who is fanatical about Duke Ellington. He absolutely loved this gift.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A complement 25 Jun 2014
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Interesting reading for hard-core Ellington aficionados. A complement to other books about the maestro, e g Mercer Ellington's book, which I recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, well written & well researched. 9 Mar 2014
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There are quite a few Duke biographies out there. I've read three of them and I would say this is the best I've come across.
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