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Interpreting Ellington 2

From Calloway to Mulligan

   Charlie Barnet            Boyd Raeburn           Gerry Mulligan

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Jimmie Lunceford

    Count Basie               Cab Calloway        Jimmie Lunceford

Black Beauty

Nobody really knows how many songs Duke Ellington wrote during his long career as a song writer, and many of them were only performed by himself or his orchestra. Quite a  few, however, became ever-greens and many others were appreciated as jazz standards which were favoured by other orchestras.

Charlie Barnet was probably the one band-leader that had the largest number of Ellington’s compositions in his book and he also was a good friend of Duke’s. He didn’t try to copy Duke’s arrangements, instead he made his own typical interpretation of his songs. Above, you can click to listen to his recording of Black Beauty, an early Ellington composition, played by one of Charlie Barnet’s last bands from 1967. In the Goodies Room you’ll find more music by other bands. (mer…)

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