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Antill – Corroboree / Ginastera – Panambi
In 1947, Sir Eugene Goossens gave the first performance of this composition that documents the Australian Aboriginal dance known as a "Corroboree". This longplay record was cut directly from the original 35mm magnetic film using an "all tube" cutting system for maximum fidelity.
Bennie Green – Back On The Scene
You too can be "Back on the Scene" with Bennie Green accompanied by Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Louis Hayes on drums, Joe Knight on piano and George Tucker on bass. As part of the Classic Blue Note Signature LP Reissue Series, this title was cut on Classic's all-tube mono cutting system from the original full-track mono master tapes by Barnie Grundman, pressed on Classic's exclusive 200-gram super vinyl profile and packaged in an authentic tip-on cover, making this a must have.
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Berlioz – Requiem
A solo male tenor voice is featured in the ninth movement, the Sanctus. There are long held notes played by the flute. Women's voices also sing, perhaps answering the tenor. Later, the low strings and cymbals join in. A full orchestral fugue ends the movement. In his original version, Berlioz requested ten tenors for the solo part. The final movement, containing the Agnus Dei and Communion sections of the Mass, features long held chords by the woodwinds and strings. The movement recapitulates melodies and effects from previous movements.
Charlie Rouse : Bossa Nova Bacchanal
The exact origin of bossa nova is as indeterminable as the genesis of jazz. As Charlie Rouse said, "I've always been every interested in all forms of Latin music, so when the opportunity can along to make this album, I was prepared to make it as authentic as possible, injecting the true rhythmic feeling of bossa nova - that's why I used Latin rhythm players - but also including enough jazz feeling to keep my own personality intact."
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Duke Ellington – The Duke At Tanglewood
In 1965 Duke Ellington appeared at a concert with Arthur Fielder's Boston Pops Orchestra and a recording resulted. Ellington's piano is fine throughout. The arrangements were written by Richard Hayman. This is a live performance of his greatest hits.
Duke Ellington : Piano In The Background
Piano In The Background is the sister, albeit earlier, recording to Piano In The Foreground but this time featuring Ellington with orchestral accompaniment. The band is amazing as are the original three-track master tapes used to cut directly to master lacquer on Bernie Grundman’s all-tube cutting system. The Piano used for this album has three more keys instead of eighty-eight. He wants you to know that he played them all madly.
Duke Ellington : Piano In The Foreground
Produced by the famous jazz producer Irving Townshend, this Ellington trio recording done in one afternoon features the Duke out in front doing what he does best - play piano. Transferred from the original three-track analog master tapes directly to master lacquer using Bernie Grundman’s all-tube cutting system reveals nuances on this recording never before heard on previous pressings.
Duke Ellington /Johnny Hodges – Back to Back
After an initial hearing of this album, with Royal garden as its contentedly swinging final track, one can only hope that in future LPs Duke may continue to allot himself a measure of solo assignments compatible with his talent. On these sides there is no orchestra in the general sense of the term, yet Duke has found, on a more conventional instrument, a completely engaging means of personal expression. Back to Back, like its compendium Side By Side, has The Duke teamed up with Johnny Hodges.
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges – Side By Side
In Back to Back there is an extended chance to hear them in almost after-hours small combo context with much the same unhurried warmth as used to characterize the small units from the Ellington orchestra that recorded in the thirties and forties on Vocalion and Bluebird. Ellington, it has been said to the point of cliche, uses his orchestra as his instrument; but he also plays the piano, and he plays it extraordinarily well, both as a soloist and as a superbly helpful accompanist who keeps other soloists afloat without pushing them in any direction but the one in which they want to go.