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Reflections On Duke / Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Release Date: 04/06/1999 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460811   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edward "Duke" EllingtonBilly Strayhorn
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jean-Yves Thibaudet is a whiz with Ravel and Debussy--his albums of those composers' piano works have received endless praise. This disc of Duke Ellington arrangements is in some respects a follow-up to the Ravel and Debussy discs, and in other respects a sequel to his recording of another jazz giant, Bill Evans. Thibaudet's Ellington inhabits a soundworld that is sometimes languid and dreamy, as in "Prelude to a Kiss," and other times driving and seemingly unstoppable as in the opening track, "Jubilee Stomp."

All of this is worlds away from Ellington's own performances, and not only because everything here is for piano solo. Rather than setting out to recreate Ellington's sound, the arrangers commissioned
Read more by Decca for this disc first familiarized themselves with Thibaudet's musical strengths and then created arrangements of Ellington tunes that capitalized on them. As a result, Ellington is drawn nearer to Debussy and Ravel and Liszt than we might have thought possible. The results are magical: the classic tunes are as comfortable in their new surroundings as with Duke and the Ellington Orchestra. And for an extra treat, two tracks--"Tonk" and "Fantasy on Caravan"--are virtuoso two-piano arrangements in which Thibaudet takes both parts.
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Works on This Recording

1.
I Got it Bad and that Ain't Good by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jed Distler 
2.
In a Sentimental Mood by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Larry Hochman 
3.
Jubilee Stomp by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Dick Hyman 
4.
Prelude to a Kiss by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Joel Silberman 
5.
Sophisticated Lady by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Larry Hochman 
6.
The Clothed Woman by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Dick Hyman 
7.
Day Dream by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Larry Hochman
This work was written in collaboration with Billy Strayhorn. 
8.
Tonk by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jed Distler
This work was written in collaboration with Billy Strayhorn.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs both piano parts in this selection. 
9.
Beggars Holiday Suite by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Joel Silberman 
10.
Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Larry Hochman 
11.
Caravan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection has been transcribed and arranged by Roger Kellaway as "Fantasy on Caravan."
Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs both piano parts in this selection.
This work was written in collaboration with Juan Tizol. 
12.
Queen Suite: Single petal of a rose by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Jed Distler 
13.
Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Larry Hochman 
14.
Black, Brown and Beige Suite: Come Sunday by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No 2, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Dick Hyman 

Featured Sound Samples

I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (Ellington)
Prelude to a Kiss (Ellington)

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