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Harry Allen Plays Ellington Songs


Release Date: 09/03/2010 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 70448  
Composer:  Edward "Duke" EllingtonBilly Strayhorn
Performer:  Kenny WashingtonBill CharlapHarry AllenPeter Washington
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. C Jam Blues
2. Solitude
3. Mood Indigo
4. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
5. Lush Life
6. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
7. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
8. Caravan
9. Take the "A" Train
10. Cotton Tail
11. Sophisticated Lady

Personnel: Harry Allen (tenor saxophone); Bill Charlap (piano); Peter Washington (bass); Kenny Washington (drums).
Recorded at Nola Recording Studios, New York, New York on July 28 & 29, 1999. Includes liner notes by Harry Allen.
Personnel: Harry Allen (tenor saxophone); Bill Charlap (piano); Kenny Washington (drums).
Liner Note
Read more Author: Harry Allen.
Recording information: Nola Recording Studios, New York, NY (07/28/1999/07/29/1999).
Photographer: Junichi Takahashi.
Allen's tenor sax sound is perfectly suited for the music of Duke Ellington. His literate, traditional approach and occasionally Stan Getz-ian breathy tones go to the heart of Duke's melodic and harmonic concepts. Pianist Bill Charlap is excellent through and through, while bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington are dutiful in attending to their swing. Several of these tracks are read pretty straight, as the ballad "Lush Life," the easy swinger "Just Squeeze Me," the Afro-Cuban to bop "Caravan," and the air-filled "Sophisticated Lady." But the band changes up the rest. At the least extreme, "Mood Indigo" is easy swing as opposed to balladic; "Take the A Train" is slowed way down with Allen and Charlap only, while the pianist plays the melody while Allen's tenor counter-swipes licks on "C Jam Blues." More adapted is the slow tick-tock to bossa of the usual wall-melting ballad "Solitude," and a low-down, lugubrious bluesy swing with Charlap loading up on the intro and melody of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," with Allen's stacatto stopped accents. At their most energetic, the quartet charges hard and trade eights during the up-tempo workout "Cotton Tail," whereas Allen and bassist Washington in duet need no other instrumental accoutrements in order to rhythmically fire up "It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing." This is most likely Allen's best batch yet, for he is a great interpreter rather than innovator. Duke did all the inventing necessary here, and this true collective quartet is hard to top.
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Works on This Recording

1.
C Jam Blues by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Kenny Washington (Drums), Bill Charlap (Piano), Harry Allen (Saxophone),
Peter Washington (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
3.
Mood Indigo by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; New York, USA 
4.
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
5.
Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
6.
Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Things Ain't What They Used To Be by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Caravan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
9.
Take the "A" train by Billy Strayhorn
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
10.
Cotton Tail by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; New York, USA 
11.
Sophisticated Lady by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Peter Washington (Double Bass), Harry Allen (Saxophone), Bill Charlap (Piano),
Kenny Washington (Drums)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 

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