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Surely there is no better number in which one can enjoy two tenor saxophones “with a big sound” (and by that one means a meaty, fat sound, loud and expressive yet melodious) than Maria.
The trench warfare over the two very different playing styles of Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins came to an end with the date of this recording.
"Electrifying evening" is not a typical critic's appraisal of time spent at a museum - even if it's the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
On these sides there is no orchestra in the general sense of the term, yet Duke has found, on a more conventional instrument, a completely engaging means of personal expression.
Back to Back, like its compendium Side By Side, has The Duke teamed up with Johnny Hodges
The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.
The dreams of the time of the last thirty years are reconstructed in this album, which I feel will have certain extramusical, autobiographical overtones for everybody who hears it.
Classic Records stereo edition reveals the First Lady of Song at her most intensely swinging and graceful level.
In keeping with the stark simplicity of the film, Miss Fitzgerald's accompaniment was limited simply to a pianist, Paul Smith; and this album proves once again that Ella Fitzgerald is without peer when it comes to singing ballads, whether accompanied by the largest orchestra, or, in this case, the smallest.
Ella proves her greatness by finding something new in such old favourites as Night and Day, I Love Paris and I Get A Kick Out Of You.
Enjoy these classics in stunning fidelity with this pristine pressing.