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Duke Lives On – The Mooche

Here are two contemporary interpretations of ”The Mooche” (1928) quite different in character.

The first one is provided by the Sextuor de Clarinettes Baerman – a French ensemble focused on exploring the sound palette of the clarinet family

 The interpretation stays close to the original melody and the 1928 recordings.

The second one is provided by a group featuring the Cohen siblings Yuval, Anat and Avishai and consequently called 3 Cohens. Anat is well-known for the Swedish audience having visited Stockholm and Fasching several times. Avishai should not be mixed up with the basist Avishai Cohen, who also has been a frequent visitor to Sweden.

The group provides a true cover version and explore the song to its fullest.

 

Duke Lives On – The Nutcracker Suite

The holiday season is over but one can listen to the Ellington-Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker Suite any time of the year. Here it is in a version played by the combined ARC Studio Jazz Ensemble & The Sacramento Jazz Orchestra.

Duke Lives On – Third Sacred Concert

Ännu ett exempel på att Duke lever vidare är den (ganska) nyutkomna CD:n ” Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert no 3″

Arrangören och storbandsledaren José Ricciardelli och sopranen och körledaren Ann-Christin Hallgren har tillsammans med producenten Bosse Lindström tagit på sig den ambitiösa uppgiften att spela in konserten. Det skedde i våras och CD:n blev tillgänglig i juni.

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My Love och The Brotherhood

Det är första gången som den fullständiga versionen ges ut på skiva och det har en speciell bakgrund. ”1984 gjorde Sveriges Radio en inspelning av den fullständiga konserten och jag var solist”, berättar Ann-Christin Hallgren när vi kontaktar henne. ”Konserten väckte mitt intresse för Duke Ellingtons musik och hans fantastiska sånger ur de sakrala konserterna blev favoriter i min repertoar.”

”När vi förstod att det inte finns några inspelningar av den tredje konserten i sin helhet började vi planera för att göra en. Med samma bearbetning av konserten som den som gjordes 1984 men den här gången av José Ricciardelli och Stellan Jonsson, har vi nu alltså producerat denna inspelning av Sacred Concert no 3.

Hur känns det att sjunga solosångerna i Sacred Concerts som ju var skrivna med Alice Babs i åtanke?

Ann-Christin svarar: ”Hon hade ungefär samma röstomfång som jag, mest i sopranläge och sångerna passar min skolade röst fint inom jazzgenren. Alice var en fantastisk sångerska vars improvisationsförmåga jag beundrat mycket.”

Får vi höra dig och kören sjunga mer Ellington?

”Ja, absolut. Jag konserterar som solist året runt med min pianist Marcus Österlund och ibland tillsammans med kör. Vårt speciella program kallar vi ”Á la Alice Babs”- en hyllningskonsert till vår kära jazzsångerska som vi turnerat med under ett par år nu. Många har sagt att jag låter som Alice Babs, utan att jag egentligen har härmat hennes röstklang eller improvisationer.

I programmet berättar vi om Alice Babs karriär som jazzsångerska, en artist vi vill att lyssnarna ska minnas. Vi har med allt ifrån swingmusiken till sånger ur Ellingtons Sacred Concert´s; bl.a. ”Freedom” och ”Is God a Three Letter Word for Love”, som är min absoluta favorit, såväl som standards; ”I let a Song go out of my Heart” och ”Solitude”.  

I vår gör vi programmet bl.a. i Valdemarsvik med lokal kör, och till sommaren finns i dagsläget bokningar bl.a. i Helsingborg vid en musikvecka och i Bälinge utanför Uppsala.”

Skivan kan köpas via http://www.annchristinhallgren.se/ men finns också på iTunes, Amazon och Spotify.

The Duke Lives On – Kustbandet

PÅ SVENSKA

Kustbandet has been around for more than 50 years.

They started in 1962 as a seven piece New Orleans jazz group but soon moved on to become a small big band with a repertoire from the 1920s and 1930s inspired by early hot and swing bands  lead by jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Duke Ellington or Count Basie

”It is one of the most authentic jazz bands in this category” according to jazz historian and producer Frans Sjöström’s cover notes for Kustbandet’s CD ”The Man From Harlem”.

Over the years jazz legends like Benny Carter, Benny Waters, Maxine Sullivan, Wild Bill Davison and Doc Cheatham have performed and recorded with the band.

Kustbandet have toured extensively in Sweden as well as the rest of the world.

Duke Ellington is featured prominently in the repertoire of Kustbandet and he is well represented in Kustbandet’s concerts and records (like Cotton Club Stomp from 1986).

This will also be the case at Kustbandet’s concert in Stockholm on October 9, 2016. The concert is part of the Stockholm Jazz Festival in co-arrangement with Duke Ellington Society of Sweden.

The Duke Lives On – Harmony in Harlem

In our series ”Duke Lives On”, we present today the Harmony in Harlem band. It is a British orchestra with DESUK member and arranger Michael Kilpatrick as its musical director. It is based in South Cambridgeshire and was formed in 2006.

It calls itself a rehearsal band, i.e. the band members meet regularly to rehearse and to expand its repertoire of Ellington music.  The orchestra tours frequently to play concerts and dances.

Kilpatrick has provided the band with an authentic repertoire, which evokes the Cotton Club days of Duke Ellington and his orchestra.

He has done this by drawing on his research at The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. transcribing the works of Ellington and Billy Strayhorn as accurately and faithfully as possible from the records and scores held there in the Duke Ellington Archive.

The aim of this work is also to ”encourage orchestras to bring to performance many of Ellington underrated masterpieces”. A catalogue of Kilpatrick’s Ellington transcriptions can be found at http://www.ellington-music.co.uk/index.php?page=catalogue

One of his recent transcription is Such Sweet Thunder, which the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland used for its performance in early August 2016 in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

The Duke Lives On – American Music Program

From time to time, the website will feature examples how Ellington’s music lives on in younger generations and is interpreted by other musicians.

Today we present the jazz orchestra of the American Music Program of Portland, Oregon and its interpretation of ”Tattooed Bride”.

This is a band of basically 18 years old students of music, which won the 2015 edition of the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition.

This competition is an annual event aimed at encouraging young musicians to play the music of the Duke and other various jazz artists. It takes place at the Lincoln Center in New York and Wynton Marsalis is its artistic director.

Surely, Ellington would have liked the band and particularly the young pianist.

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