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Duke Ellington - The Nutcracker Suite (1960)

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1.	Overture 	3:19 	
2.	Toot Toot Tootie Toot (Dance Of The Reed-Pipes) 	2:28 	
3.	Peanut Brittle Brigade (March) 	4:36 	
4.	Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy) 	3:04 	
5.	Entr'acte 	1:51 	
6.	The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance) 	2:52 	
7.	Chinoiserie (Chinese Dance) 	2:50 	
8.	Dance Of The Floreadores (Waltz Of The Flowers) 	4:03 	
9.	Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance) 	5:43

Musicians:
    Duke Ellington – piano
    Willie Cook, Fats Ford, Ray Nance, Clark Terry - trumpet
    Lawrence Brown, Booty Wood, Britt Woodman - trombone
    Juan Tizol - valve trombone
    Jimmy Hamilton - clarinet, tenor saxophone
    Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone
    Russell Procope - alto saxophone, clarinet
    Paul Gonsalves - tenor saxophone
    Harry Carney - baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
    Aaron Bell - bass
    Sam Woodyard – drums

 

When Ellington signs a record contract in 1960, he teams up with fellow musician Billy Strayhorn, and the two composers create a new spin on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. The classical masterpiece is a holiday favorite and tinkering with something so well known is a bit risky. Ellington's band is not keen on tackling it, but he is not dissuaded. Even the record executive is skeptical until he hears the band recording in the studio. This fictionalization of Ellington and Strayhorn's daring collaboration is well told, and the illustrations convery the hip, cool feeling of the time. An author's note provides more information, and a CD of the piece is included. Anyone who pops the CD in for a listen is sure to see Ellington as the jazz giant he was. Music teachers will love this package to compare and contrast versions of the Nutcracker, thereby helping children understand what the classical and jazz genres are. --- charlesbridge.com

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