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Such Sweet Thunder

Duke Ellington Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000257FK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,467 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Such Sweet Thunder (Cleo)
2. Sonnet For Caesar
3. Sonnet To Hank Cinq
4. Lady Mac
5. Sonnet In Search Of A Moor
6. The Telecasters
7. "Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down)(Puck)"
8. Sonnet For Sister Kate
9. The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl)
10. Madness In Great Ones (Hamlet)
11. Half The Fun (aka Lately)
12. Circle Of Fourths
13. The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl)
14. Circle Of Fourths
15. Suburban Beauty
16. A Flat Minor
17. Cafe Au Lait
18. Half The Fun (aka Lately)
19. Suburban Beauty
20. A Flat Minor
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Such Sweet Thunder was, like Black, Brown and Beige and the later Far East Suite and other works of the late-1950s and on, a long-form study broken into identifiable miniatures that could stand alone as tunes. But this one was far more unlikely than Ellington and co-composer Billy Strayhorn's other suites, with its focus on characters developed by William Shakespeare. Pieces were scripted for both centuries-old characters and Ellington band members; for example, Paul Gonsalves's tenor sax and Johnny Hodges's alto parry as a musical Romeo and Juliet on "Star-Crossed Lovers". Surely this description of the CD makes it sound stiff, even pretentious, but the music gives the lie to such an assumption. Ellington was a master of sectional polyphony, making sure his band's sections swung individually and then in tandem with the other sections, creating a powerful, sometimes swirling swing. But he had Strayhorn, who was also a master of creating moods and ambient textures. And that's where this session becomes fascinating, in the moments when the group creates something other than rhythmic propulsion, standard harmony or even focused melody. Rounding out the original LP issue--which accounts for only half of this CD's length--are a host of alternate takes, three of them wholly or partially unreleased until this set. --Andrew Bartlett

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Ellington. 3 Jun 2005
By Chopper
Format:Audio CD
This album is a fine example of the compositional talents of Duke Ellington and his alter ego, Billy Strayhorn. The atmosphere created by the arrangements is quite special, and certainly unique. Each track takes for inspiration a character from Shakespeare and the tunes themselves range from orchestral set pieces designed for atmosphere (Sam Woodyards drums are an education) to settings for some truely incredible solo performances, particularly from Johnny Hodges who will melt your heart with "star crossed lovers" in a performance that stamps his authority on the alto ballad.
On a more general note, I do find it frustrating to hear some jazz fans describe Ellingtons best as being over come the 1940s. This is absolutely untrue. Albums like this, along with Anatomy of a Murder, the Far East Suite and the New Orleans Suite, show how Ellington had matured as a composer and how he could write for the individual musicans in his orchestra, all of whom, when they wanted to be, were amoung the finest to play thier respective instruments.
If you have never heard this music before i think you will be suprised. If you have heard it before, this release, with its bonus tracks and informative liner notes, is certainly worth the money. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Duke does Shakespeare 17 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
No, if it weren't for the liner notes I would NEVER have guessed that Shakespeare is the inspiration for Ellington's (and Strayhorn's) work here. But, it of small consequence to my listening enjoyment. Mature composer/arranger, Ellington reaches yet another of his peaks ("Blues in Orbit", "Black Brown&Beige", "Uptown", "Jazz Party"...) one can never get tired of.

Aided by the usual pack of great players - Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves... - the big band gives a richness of emotion, wide array of tones and musical innuendo;
something for every Ellington fan, recommendable to fans of swing and modern jazz alike.
The bonus tracks give additional pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential replacement 12 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Essential replacement for my damaged 33 vinyl which I've loved and treasured for more than fifty years. I can now educate my grandchildren.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a blast from the past 12 Mar 2013
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Until i made this purchase it had been 45-50 years since I last heard this. It still sounds as fresh as it did then. Although I am not a devotee of Ellington this is, I feel, one of those works which anyone who has an interest in Jazz should hear.
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