What I'm Listening To - November 25th

The Duke Ellington Orchestra - Digital Duke (GRP): On Digital Duke, the Ellington Orchestra minus Duke plays some of his classics. The disc features several modern masters, including Branford Marsalis and Eddie Daniels. This combination makes for extremely exciting music, as the guest stars' more contempory styles contrast greatly with the traditional sound of the orchestra. However, it is not only the featured soloists that shine; under the direction of Mercer Ellington the band is in top form, playing with crisp and swinging phrasing on this 1987 album.


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