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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spartacus Records
  • ASIN: B00B66NJNW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,171 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Black and Tan Fantasy / Creole Love CallBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. In the Hall of the Mountain KingBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jack the BearBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Le Sucrier VeloursBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Daybreak ExpressBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Concerto for CootieBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Harlem Air ShaftBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prelude to a KissBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 4:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sepia PanoramaBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Ko-KoBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Morning MoodBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Anitra's DanceBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Single Petal of a RoseBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Kinda Dukish & Rockin' in RhythmBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sunset and the MockingbirdBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith 5:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Diminuendo in Blue [Wailing Interval] / Crescendo in BlueBrian Kellock, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Tommy Smith14:01Album Only

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Scotland's award-winning, internationally acclaimed jazz orchestra delivers an authentic Ellington experience under the leadership of saxophonist-director Tommy Smith with special guest, pianist Brian Kellock.

Recorded on tour in Scotland in October 2012, 'In the Spirit of Duke' captures the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in one of its best-ever performances. Following every last Ellington detail, including the stage set-up, using specially sourced period mutes and playing scores that in some cases were specially transcribed from Ellington performances, SNJO director Tommy Smith set out to give audiences as close to the real-deal Ellington experience as possible. And he succeeded.

Audience responses were ecstatic and reviews enthused about the triumph in presenting the music, which spanned almost Ellington's entire career, as both true to the spirit of the original and as if it was freshly minted. The repertoire includes such Ellington hits as "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Concerto for Cootie", "Harlem Airshaft" and a ravishing tenor-piano duet of "The Single Petal of a Rose" and as well as movements from The Queen's Suite, it features extracts from Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's, at the time, controversial re-interpretation of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.

With outstanding individual performances from soloists including pianist Brian Kellock and a world-class ensemble sound, this is Ellington and the SNJO rockin' in rhythm, harmony and peerless swingtime.

Personnel: Tommy Smith (tenor saxophone, director), Brian Kellock (piano), Ruaraidh Pattison (lead alto & soprano saxophone, clarinet), Martin Kershaw (lead clarinet, alto saxophone), Konrad Wiszniewski (alto & tenor saxophone, clarinet), Bill Fleming (alto & baritone saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet), Ryan Quigley, Cameron Jay, Tom MacNiven, James Marr (trumpet), Chris Greive, Phil O'Malley, trombone), Michael Owers (bass trombone), Calum Gourlay (acoustic bass), Alyn Cosker (drums)

Review

'There are some real personalities in the band, who add spice to the superb professionalism of the rest...Smith, Pattison and Quigley are terrific, but it's the sheer ease of Kellock which impresses most.' -- The Daily Telegraph, (Ivan Hewett) * * * * *


'Last autumn's Duke Ellington-themed tour by the SNJO was undoubtedly one of the best live Ellington experiences in Scotland in living memory. This CD is a 16-track fusion of the five Scottish concerts and it not only captures the young band getting a kick out of the glorious repertoire, but also showcases its world-class ensemble playing and terrific soloists.' -- Scotland On Sunday, (Alison Kerr) * * * * *


'An exhilarating re-enactment of Ellington's gigs...it catches a hot contemporary band in real time, creatively interpreting in the free-spirited way only the best jazz musicians can.' -- The Guardian, (John Fordham) * * * *


'The ensemble playing is quite breathtakingly good. No pastiche here, more of a healthy respect and regard for the music...if you have the slightest interest in Ellington's music and its continuing validity, then this is for you.' -- Jazzwise, (Peter Vacher) * * * *


'The SNJO's ability to get its musicians under the skin of its great forebears has drawn much praise, deservedly, over the years. Last autumn's Duke Ellington celebration, however, raised the orchestra's already high standards even higher, and here's the proof...the individual playing captures the idiom perfectly.' -- Sunday Herald, (Rob Adams)


'Highlights include "Koko" and "Harlem Airshaft" accurately replicated from the original three-minute recordings with the sinuous sensuality of an authentic Ellingtonian experience.'

--Financial Times, (Mike Hobart)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Parsons on 25 Mar. 2013
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I heard a track from this CD on Jazz Line-up. The playing and sound quality were both top-class, and this brilliant band is full of top names, including leader Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock, who sounds amazingly like Ellington. The whole CD is well up with the standard of the track I had already heard, and I really love this CD.
Highly recommended, and I hope it leads to purchases of other Scottish National Jazz Orchestra CDs, and there's plenty of good quality Ellington to buy. One of the hallmarks of 'Spirit of Duke' is that the recording acoustic sound very like an Ellington recording. Duke was always very fussy about sound quality to enhance the amazing playing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. D. K. Ogston on 22 Sept. 2013
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Well the SNJO have released another album, and this time a tribute the the great DUKE ELLINGTON.

What can I say about this album, sublime, superb, SO SNJO.

If you want to know what the SNJO and it's leader Tommy Smith are about then get this album, sit back and let the music take you on a journey through some of the greatest jazz music ever written.

Cannot wait to see SNJO again soon, for my money, they are the best JAZZ ORCHESTRA playing in the world today. But don't take my word for it, go and see them for yourself and be swept away by the talent that is the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D D FELLOWES on 21 May 2013
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Husband thrilled. Loves the music
Not quite as good as the real thing, but eqally stirring.

Reccomend for any "Duke" fan.
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