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Classic Ellington / Lena Horne, Simon Rattle, City of Birmingham SO


Release Date: 06/03/2003 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 57014   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Billy StrayhornEdward "Duke" EllingtonMercer Ellington
Performer:  Regina CarterJoe LovanoClark TerryBobby Watson,   ... 
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Crossover" without any sense of "crossing over" - whether founded in the jazz tradition or classical, there is substance and seriousness.

Simon Rattle made a successful foray into the realm of jazz with The Jazz Album, made, with the London Sinfonietta, at the beginning of his association with EMI. Now he returns to that field with this tribute to Duke Ellington. (For the record, not all of the music here was written by Ellington himself, or by Ellington alone.) The arrangements are all by Luther Henderson, who has rightly felt free to take the kind of liberties that the jazz idiom encourages. Numbers like ‘Take the “A” Train’ (given with compelling momentum) and ‘Sophisticated Lady’ take on a new
Read more significance, and poignancy is added by the fact that the octogenarian jazz singer Lena Horne, pre-recorded, takes part in three Billy Strayhorn numbers, ‘You’re the One’, ‘Something to Live For’ and ‘Maybe’. Though the voice is of course a little fragile now, the style is there. There are also a number of distinguished jazz soloists of older and younger generations. What is most significant about this disc, however, is that there is no sense of jazz manner versus classical manner, of any need to ‘crossover’. The music, whether founded in the jazz tradition or, as in two movements from the Far East Suite, with a more overtly classical aspiration behind it, has plenty of substance and seriousness and variety behind it, and all the musicians here, of whatever background, respond in kind.

– Stephen Pettitt, BBC Music Magazine

What a magnificent album! Who says jazz and classics don't mix? This is pure delight from start to finish!

Lena Horne sings as only she can on the next track You're the One and there is some superlative Tenor playing from Joshua Redman demonstrating just how mature a musician he now is... This album is musical enjoyment of the very best, if you had asked me would this combination work, I would have been doubtful. When you listen however, you find that it works magnificently, whatever your taste in music. If you can't enjoy this, you are missing out on a whole lot. The star of the whole show has to be Luther Henderson, his ability to handle the scoring, so that musicians from different musical backgrounds, can feel comfortable and enjoy playing, is the work of a genius.

– Don Mather, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Take the "A" train by Billy Strayhorn
Performer:  Regina Carter (Violin), Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone), Clark Terry (Trumpet),
Bobby Watson (Alto Saxophone), Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
2.
You're The One by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone), Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
3.
Sophisticated Lady by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Bobby Watson (Alto Saxophone)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
4.
Harlem by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
5.
Isfahan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Bobby Watson (Alto Saxophone), Peter [English Horn] Walden (English Horn)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
6.
Ad lib on Nippon by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Colin Parr (Clarinet), Geri Allen (Piano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
7.
That Doo-Wah Thing by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Clark Terry (Trumpet), Regina Carter (Violin)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
8.
Something To Live For by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone), Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
9.
Black, Brown and Beige Suite: Come Sunday by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Clark Terry (Trumpet), Regina Carter (Violin)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
10.
Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
11.
Maybe by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Lewis Nash (Drums), Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Bobby Watson (Alto Saxophone),
Geri Allen (Piano), Peter Washington (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 
12.
Things ain't what they used to be by Mercer Ellington
Performer:  Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone), Bobby Watson (Alto Saxophone), Clark Terry (Trumpet),
Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone), Regina Carter (Violin), Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK 

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