Duke Ellington and His Orchestra Live in Brussels
Sonuma Archives 1973
Duke Ellington — Director musical
Money Johnson — Trompetista
Harry Carney — Clarinetista, saxofonista
Barry Lee Hall — Trompetista
John Coles — Trompetista
Mercer Ellington — Cornista, trompetista
Vince Prudente — Trombonista
Art Baron — Trombonista
Chuck Connors — Trombonista
Russell Procope — Clarinetista, Saxofón alto
Harold Minerve — Clarinetista, flautista, saxofonista
Percy Marion — Saxofonista
Paul Gonsalves — Saxofonista
Harold Ashby — Clarinetista, saxofonista
Joe Benjamin — Bajista
Quintin White — Baterista
Anita Moore — Cantante de jazz
Sobre el programa...
The year 1973 saw a Belgian edition of the Jazz from Newport event, featuring one of the very last performances that the great Duke Ellington ever gave. He passed away less than a year later and one of jazz’ most important sparks of genius – the one that got the whole world swinging – faded out.
So-named “Duke” for his elegance and debonair image, he’d lost none of his charm by his mid-70s, addressing the audience with the words: “all the kids in the band want you to know that we do love you madly.” Indeed, it was Duke’s charm that held such appeal, but his ease belied a hard journey that began in Washington pool halls where he learnt to play piano as a teenager, and then as a young adult forced to play “jungle music” for all-white crowds on his way up.
The role model status he attained, therefore, was hard-won and he is often considered America’s greatest ever composer by those who see jazz as the nation’s classical music. A glance at this concert’s repertoire confirms it: standard after standard, with Duke penning almost every one. A great figure with an incalculable influence on modern music.