THE BARGAIN BUY: Duke Ellington; New Orleans Suite (Atlantic)

 |   |  <1 min read

Duke Ellington: Thanks for the Beautiful Land on the Delta
THE BARGAIN BUY: Duke Ellington; New Orleans Suite (Atlantic)

Recorded in 1970, the same year in which Ellington played in New Zealand, this suite of distinctively separate but integrated pieces is -- according to Brian Morton and Richard Cook's Dictionary of Jazz on CD -- "arguably the final masterpiece . . . Ellington looked to create another of his quasi-historical overviews here, but there was no commentary, just a sequence of intensely beautiful vignettes".

Various aspects of New Orleans are explored: Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies is more introspective than the title suggests with Noris Turney's flute to the fore (not an instrument Duke had scored much for), and while there are inevitably some upbeat pieces (the lively Portrait of Louis Armstrong of course being one, Second Line another) there are also deeper shades of blue.

Portrait of Mahalia Jackson has a stately, slow and melancholy feel (Turley again) and is lovely but sad.JB_HZ_CHEAP_long

A beautifully textured album.

And fewer than four year later the great Duke was gone.

An essential jazz album and at just $10 from JB Hi-Fi stores here, one within reach of just about everyone.

Which is why it is an Elsewhere recommended Bargain Buy.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Ramones; Anthology (Warners)

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Ramones; Anthology (Warners)

This is easy: any album which makes it into the Essential Elsewhere list is obviously recommended (for one reason or another, the list is absurdly diverse). But this one gets through on sheer... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 100 Hits, 80s

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists; 100 Hits, 80s

Yes, it's easy to tick off who isn't represented among these 100 hits of the decade that discovered synths -- Prince, Madonna, Bowie, every decent hip-hop act, the paisley underground bands,... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Beasley

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE SONGWRITER QUESTIONNAIRE: Henry Beasley

Each year the University of Auckland's School of Music holds a songwriter competition with contestants drawn from their Popular Music courses, this year there are five contestants and Elsewhere is... > Read more

Ayam Pongteh (Chicken and Potato Stew, Malaysian style)

Ayam Pongteh (Chicken and Potato Stew, Malaysian style)

In late 2007 I spent a couple of weeks travelling around Malaysia -- and notably went to Melaka, the food capital of the country where Baba Nyonya food is a local speciality. Baba Nyonya is the... > Read more