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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611762162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611762167
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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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Drawing on candid, unpublished interviews, Teachout tells a compelling story.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 the Hardcover edition.

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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 the Hardcover edition.

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By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 April 2015
Format: Paperback
This is a scholarly work, whilst at the same time eminently readable. The biography itself runs to just over 350 pages, plus a list of suggested recordings, a select biography, source notes, and index. The author traces Duke's development, both musically and as a person, the composition of and changes within the band, including the personalities involved, and analyses the musical landmarks of recordings and concerts. En route we learn about Ellington's personality, and the often difficult relationships with family, friends, musicians and women, most of which he succeeded in keeping concealed throughout his lifetime. There are just two small points that I picked up on. Reference is made on page 162 to the Goodman Trio being "a racially integrated band-within-the-band", and on page 217 to Goodman being "the first white leader of a racially integrated big band". Without detracting from Goodman's approach, the fact remains that the Goodman Trio was a quite separate entity from the Goodman big band. On page 263 reference is made to "the British musicians' union (as being) as sticky in 1948 in allowing foreign musicians to work in England as it had been in 1933". Just for the record, many American bands and musicians visited England during the twenties, but when attitudes changed there was, if anything, greater hostility from the American union side. Those minor cavils apart, this is a well-constructed account of the life of one of the major jazz musicians of the 20th century, which should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the music.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dean M Tranter on 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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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luv to Scrap on 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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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George F. Griffin on 17 Feb. 2014
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this is a brilliant book,i have 6 other books on ellington,most view their subject through rose tinted glasses! this one attempts to describe the man as bandleader,composer and human being... in the first two,he succeeds, in the latter he finds out that nobody new the real ellington something ellington made sure that only his music would be his true legacy....
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