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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his greatest, 13 May 2004
This review is from: New Orleans Suite (Audio CD)
Coming late in Ellington's career, this is almost unsurpassed in even his own output for its high level of intensity and deeply spiritual mood. From the outset, the great 'Blues for New Orleans' sets the tone - a powerful, soulful set of Blues choruses from the great blues master, Johnny Hodges (playing on what was to be his last recording). Ellington then moves on to a set of 'portraits' of great New Orleans musicians, in which stirring and sometimes humorous tributes are paid to, amongst others, Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet. Throughout particularly the later part of his career, Ellington tried, often disastrously, to bring a religious element to his work (the embarrassingly bad 'sacred concerts' being all the more awful for having been written by someone of Ellington's stature). But here, there is no doubting the power of the man's work.
Nwe Orleans Suite is awesome - listen and hear for yourself!
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Initial post: 16 Jun 2013 12:12:18 BDT
El Tel says:
In my opinion, this reviewer and his fellow five star reviewers have got it spot on. I bought this album in the early seventies after hearing some of it on Humphrey Lyttleton's radio show. I was blown away then and it still has that power now, forty something years later. Words are inadequate to convey the genius of the man and how much all jazz lovers owe him.
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