The Symphonic Ellington
Released: Apr 2008
Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.
In the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra signed his musical hero Duke Ellington to his fledgling Reprise label. Duke responded by pairing his all-star band with the Paris Symphony Orchestra. The results remain unique in the Ellington canon. While the ever-creative Ellington used classical motifs and orchestral leanings before and after this session, this time out proves that an enormous classical symphony can actually swing along with his band. A real blast, with plenty of space for solo stars such as Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney.
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