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Prelude To A Kiss - The Duke Ellington Album


Release Date: 12/19/2011 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 446717  
Composer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Personnel: Dee Dee Bridgewater (vocals); The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; John Mauceri (conductor); Robert Sadin, Slide Hampton, Alan Broadbent, Henry Martin, Clare Fischer (arrangers); Hassan Hakmoun (vocals, gimbra, percussion); Charles McPherson, Bobby Watson (alto saxophone); Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Steve Turre (shells); Bruce Dukov (concertmaster); Cyrus Chestnut (piano); Robert Sadin (organ); Vincent Nguini (guitar); Ira Coleman (bass, drums); Jeff Hamilton (drums); Cyro Baptista (percussion).

Recorded in Hollywood, California and New York, New York in 1996. Includes liner notes by Robert Sadin.

This release is more properly identified as a various artists compilation, which includes the pop sounds of the
Read more Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Most of the orchestrations and arrangements are pleasant, even if they're not blatantly original. Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson is superb on "Mood Indigo" and the exotic "Fleurette Africaine." The orchestra does a fine job with the rarely heard suite "Night Creature." Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater shines frequently; backed by a superb quartet including Wynton Marsalis, she delivers a delightful cover of "I'm Beginning To See The Light." But it is her hypnotic, chanting introduction, backed by Middle Eastern percussion and Steve Turre's conch shells, that gives this release an occasional freshness usually lacking in similar Ellington tributes. ~ Ken Dryden, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Midnight Indigo by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
2.
I'm beginning to see the light by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater (Voice)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
3.
Bli-Blip by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater (Voice)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
4.
Fleurette Africaine by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
5.
Prelude to a Kiss by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater (Voice)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
6.
Caravan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater (Voice)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
7.
Solitude by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
8.
Mood Indigo by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater (Voice)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; New York, USA 
9.
Night Creature by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: United States of Ame 
10.
Black, Brown and Beige Suite: Come Sunday by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater (Voice)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; New York, USA 

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