Archive for June, 2006
So let’s get back to Jason’s jazz primer.
I know next to nothing about Duke Ellington other than the dozens of records I have of his that I love. This one is my favorite. (And as I route around for internet info, many agree.) Recorded in 1957, this is a low-key, stunning track with his full group, and a rare Duke piano solo. I’ve never had any interest in the ‘big bands’ of jazz, but Ellington actually used his as an orchestra, and when the stars are aligned there’s nothing more beautiful.
I can’t give any tips to steer you towards the ‘best’, but iTunes is a great place to audition. Pick a sound that suits you and buy. In the meanwhile, Ellington Indigos is a great place to start.
From the Kathleen this blog was named for:
“So (of course), I took up the challenge and found some other soul named Ornette and felt the need to let you know about it. I love a challenge. A friend and I have a joke that (for all of us) our most irritating qualities are also our most endearing ones. So…. consider my need to find another Ornette somewhere in the world the result of one my irritating (and therefore endearing) qualities.”