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This Duke Ellington review was written as an essay, and ideally, it would be great to put the same kind of research into every jazz review, as well as provide a thesis for each album. One problem is that many jazz recordings tend to be collections of separate recordings that were not necessarily intended to cohere as albums so it would be hard to posit a ‘thesis’ in those cases. Still, I hope every now and then I can find time to write more jazz essay-reviews.

Duke Ellington, Far East Suite, 1967

Ken Rattenbury’s book on Duke Ellington contains two parts, the second of which is entitled The Music of the Mature Period, 1939 to 1941. If these years represent Ellington’s mature period, we have to wonder where that leaves an album … Continue reading

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