Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thelonious Monk plays Duke Ellington

From a seventieth-birthday tribute to Duke Ellington, Berliner Jazztage, November 7, 1969:

“Satin Doll” (Ellington–Billy Strayhorn–Johnny Mercer)
“Sophisticated Lady” (Ellington–Irving Mills–Mitchell Parish)
“Caravan” (Ellington–Irving Mills–Juan Tizol)
“(In My) Solitude” (Ellington–Eddie DeLange–Irving Mills)
“Crepuscule with Nellie” (Monk)
“Blues for Duke”

The final piece, with Joe Turner (piano), Hans Rettenbacher (bass), Stu Martin (drums), was likely created on the spot. “Caravan” is the highlight, I’d say; “Satin Doll,” a charming surprise. “Caravan,” “Solitude,” and “Sophisticated Lady” appear on the 1955 Riverside LP Thelonious Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington.

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