Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Duke Ellington- Bakiff

The dance is over.

The Blanton-Webster era of the Duke Ellington band is often cited as the greatest phase of the most accomplished musical artist in 20th century America. Hyperbole? Decide for yourself. This eerie 1941 track spotlighting Ray Nance's fiddle, is full of incredible ideas. This version may be difficult to obtain, but other compilations contain the same brilliant material.

On the other hand, I might cast my lot with some vintage soul. This Little Milton video is phenomenal.

Must. Resist. Temptation ...

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