Piano In The Background
 : Piano In The Background

by: Duke Ellington

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Binding: Audio CD
Brand: Happy-Go-Lucky
EAN: 0696998710726
Item Dimensions: 2555016550
Label: Columbia/Legacy
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Columbia/Legacy
MPN: 696998710726
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: July 27, 2004
Publisher: Columbia/Legacy
Release Date: March 11, 2011
Running Time: 60 minutes
Studio: Columbia/Legacy

Disc 1:
  1. Happy Go Lucky Local
  2. What Am I Here For
  3. Kinda Dukish / Rockin' In Rhythm
  4. Perdido
  5. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  6. Mid-Riff
  7. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  8. Main Stem
  9. Take the "A" Train
  10. Lullaby of Birdland
  11. The Wailer
  12. Dreamy Sort of Thing
  13. Lullaby of Birdland
  14. Harlem Air Shaft
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Piano In The Background by Duke Ellington

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Forget the misleading title: though Duke Ellington is heard with his orchestra on these reissued 1960 recordings--not with a trio, as on the exceptional companion release Piano in the Foreground (1961)--he is still very much the table-setter, the driving force, the pilot, the master framer on keyboard. Recorded in Los Angeles, Piano in the Background consists of remakes of Ducal classics including "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (both arranged by Gerald Wilson), and "Perdido" (arranged by Bill Mathieu). If there were occasions when that format resulted in mortal performances, the band is in upbeat form here, delighting in fresh charts that remake the songs via tantalizing introductions, offbeat rhythms and accents, and bold off-center harmonies. Bonus cuts include two lively versions of George Shearing's "Lullaby of Broadway," the Billy Strayhorn ballad "Dreamy Sort of Thing" (featuring the composer on piano and alto Johnny Hodges), and Wilson's bluesy "The Wailer." There's also a previously unissued 1961 version of "Harlem Air Shaft." --Lloyd Sachs

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