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Rockin’ In Rhythm

Celebrating the Music of Duke Ellington

Rockin in RythymJazz Septet

Rockin’ In Rhythm takes you on a journey through the many moods of Ellington’s music played by seven masters of the art of jazz whose re-workings of Duke’s legacy are a continual surprise and delight.

The famous opening theme “Take the A Train” contrasts with the spacious sound of the trumpet in “Echoes of Harlem”.  “Lady of the Lavender Mist” makes a rare appearance, clad only in a shimmer of saxophones, while the resonances drawn from the bass and contrabass clarinets in “Creole Love Call” are simply breathtaking.

Singer, Sarah Moule, explores the riches of the Ellington songbook with favourites such as “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “Satin Doll”.  Here again the music texture is full of shifts and contrasts.  “Prelude to a Kiss” has a distinctive John Williams touch, an intro on the solo recorder, while “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” builds to an exhilarating succession of solos from the entire band.  Most memorable of all, perhaps, is the rueful humour of “I Got It Bad” which the singer performs with just baritone sax and the superlative rhythm section.

An evening of great music paying tribute to one of the giants of jazz and never forgetting the words of Ellington himself:

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

Click a Sax to hear mp3 extracts from live concert performances (if you can't play the extracts you may need to download the latest version of Windows Media Player from www.Microsoft.com)

Satin Doll     
'Satin Doll'
 
Moon Mist
‘Moon Mist’
 
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
‘Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
 
 
Harlem Airshaft
‘Harlem Airshaft’

 

 
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