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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incalculable Loss,
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent tribute,
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This review is from: His Mother Called Him Bill (Audio CD)No Lush Life, no A Train, no Chelsea Bridge. When Duke decided to pay tribute to Billy Strayhorn shortly after his death, he included less known numbers but made a fantastic tribute to his arranger. The Ellington band at its best is difficult to beat, but on this occasion they were playing for a special reason and and they excelled themselves. Strayhorn's last composition and arrangement was written in hospital shortly before he died. I defy anyone not to get goose pimples from hearing Hodges playing it.
An absolute must. If anyone tells you that big bands were dead in the sixties, just play them this.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After all,
Ellngton chose a few of Strayhorn`s lesser known compositions for this loving record of a creative friendship (refusing, so the excellent sleevenotes tell us, to play Lush Life, for reasons that are not made too clear) but giving us the beautiful Day Dream and a final composition, from his hospital bed, the pointedly-titled Blood Count, both of which contain heartbreaking alto sax solos by the great Johhny Hodges, as does the slow and sad After All.
There is a solo rendition of Lotus Blossom by Duke himself, recorded as the band were packing up, with their voices audible in the background, and is a fascinating document in itself. A trio version, with Harry Carney on baritone sax, is heard as one of the extra tracks on this lovingly assembled remastered reissue. Among the welcome extras are the languidly lovely My Little Brown Book, with gorgoeus solos from various members of this elite band.
There must have been an aura of sadness in the studio at these `67 dates, and a certain melancholia does pervade these tracks, but the musicians play with a disarming delicacy, almost a lightness, as though playing at the composer`s graveside.
This is one of the Duke`s most essential albums, which is saying something. The band play like angels, and, as Ellington says at the end of in his deeply moving May `67 eulogy, reprinted here: "God bless Billy Strayhorn". Amen to that.
After all, a beautiful tribute.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great,
high level of virtuosity.The Duke steals it with an end of session solo on Lotus Blossom.Just buy it and enjoy it for a million years
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential,
No finer tribute to Billy Strayhorn -could be imagined. Remastered and nicely packaged with informative sleevenotes, this issue would be a great addition to any music lover's library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn,
This review is from: And His Mother Called Him Bill (Audio CD)I wanted music by Billy Strayhorn and this provided a good selection. The quality of the recording was good as well
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Duke and Swee'Pea,
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And his mother called him Bill,
This review is from: And His Mother Called Him Bill (Audio CD)Goods were absolutely as described, were well packaged and despatched very quickly. The cd was one that I had been after for a while. I would purchase from this source in the future and have no hesitation in recommending them. Happy shopping !!
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