Duke’s choice

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What is immediately striking in this recording work by Michael Audisso, Dario Lapenna and Marco Siniscalco.

Lapenna | Siniscalco | Audisso the absolutely new, intelligent and unusual way in which some pages of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn are approached.

Duke’s choice

Lapenna – Siniscalco – Audisso, the inspiration.

Ellington has always been the author who has most influenced the work if not the style of many other jazz greats.

Take Archie Shepp for example, in almost all of this saxophonist’s works the homage to Ellington is evident and he is regarded almost as a symbol.

Similar to Charles Mingus where it is even more evident for Elligton, Shepp operates, unlike Mingus, a reinterpretation of Ellington’s musical world.

Mingus, Shepp, but also Marion Brown, when he repurposes his own “vision” of Johnny Hodges, but, so does the Art Ensemble of Chicago when it repurposes jazz of the past.

Immortal pages, such as had rarely been heard in the interpretation of compositions by one of the protagonists, if not the protagonist, of 20th century music.

  • On the other hand, the players in this work range from jazz to song to ethnic to academic music, and could not produce a different result.

The introduction of Perdido, although composed by Puerto Rican Juan Tizol, has always belonged to the Ellington universe, the bass clarinet part in The Mooche.

So the innovations on famous themes of Ellington varied from Michael Audisso (In A Sentimental Flu) or Siniscalco (Don’t Look at Me and Take The Augmented Train). Duke’s choice excellent production.

Adriano Mazzoletti


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