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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - [1962]

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane
1. In A Sentimental Mood
2. Take The Coltrane
3. Big Nick
4. Stevie
5. My Little Brown Book
6. Angelica
7. Feeling Of Jazz, The
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); John Coltrane (tenor & soprano saxophones); Jimmy Garrison, Aaron Bell (bass); Elvin Jones, Sam Woodyard (drums).
Recorded at The Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on September 26, 1962.
DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE begins with a remarkable performance of "In A Sentimental Mood." Ellington's chattering, bell-like accompaniment sets off Coltrane's fulsome, rhapsodic interpretaion in sharp relief. For Johnny Hodges--one of Duke's main men, and an early employer of Coltrane--"In A Sentimental Mood" was a showpiece. The Rabbit practically owned the tune, and yet Hodges considered Coltrane's to be the finest version of the song he'd ever heard.
Which indicates how deeply rooted in the jazz and blues tradition Coltrane always was. DUKE ELLINGTON & JOHN COLTRANE represented an opportunity for Trane to step back and reflect upon the elemental lyricism and swing that were at the heart of even his most adventurous flights--and to silence those nay-sayers who were carping about how his band with Eric Dolphy was "anti-jazz."
"Take The Coltrane" offers up one of Duke's great vamp tunes, and illustrates just how well the master knew how to accomodate Coltrane and play to his strengths, gently prodding him into fresh melodic directions. with its insistent bluesy hosannas and tart, off-center harmonies, "Take The Coltrane" is an improviser's delight, as the pianist offers elegant harmonic contrasts to Trane's backwoods preacher. "Big Nick" is Trane's tip of the hat to tenor man and raconteur Nick Nicholas, a tipsying, elusive little melody with a hint of Sidney Bechet (and Hodges) that allows the saxophonist to range up and down his soprano.
The remainder of the repetoire is from the Ellington/Strayhorn songbook, beginning with Duke's infectious minor blues, "Stevie." Ellington treats his keyboard as a mini-orchestra, and Coltrane rides Sam Woodyard's backbeat into the sun. Strayhorn's "My Little Brown Book" opens with a bell-like fantasia between piano and Elvin Jones' cymbals, as Coltrane demonstrates a variety of refined ballad inflections. "Angelica" offers an infectuous Afro-Cuban dialogue between Ellington and Woodyard, and an earnest, fervent Coltrane who doesn't rise to the tune's humor the way a Sonny Rollins would, but when Aaron Bell seats that 4/4 in the bass...look out. "The Feeling Of Jazz" is just that, closing things out with a classic blues that shuffles happily between swing and a hard rock.


DROK said...


Wayne World said...

Two greats....this must be the bomb! Perciate it.

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ejunkie said...

Nice to see some Jazz up in here. thanks for postin'

Anonymous said...

you know i'm always down for that jazz. thanks, this is ready and able!

Rick said...


Thanks Drok! I Love in a sentimental mood, I always wanted to peep the whole album. Thank Bro

tedwan said...

Djeahhhhhhhh Thanks again !

Styles said...

Already got this in the archive. Thanks for the post anyway.

thesoundsalvation said...

oh my god i cannot wait for this. thank you SO much for posting this. im a jazz player and will really enjoy listening to this. thank you so much.

Matt said...

you can never go wrong with coltrane and ellington. thanks for this one doc!

Jake said...

Thanks drok. I've been wanting to get into more jazz lately, especially Coltrane, so I hope this is a good place to start.

Bojan said...

always in the mood for some jazz.. thanks again doc

Bojan said...

..but the link is dead. please re-up

Bojan said...

great. thanks