Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Collaborations with the Modernists
Late in life, Duke Ellington began to musically conspire with those of equal stature in the jazz world. This album on Impulse Records is an example of the success of those brief recording partnerships that he engendered within the music community.
Duke Ellington was always at the forefront of musical change. It was once suggested by music critics that the reason his music seemed to defy category was because he was "too modern."
He had a great number of admirers and was allowed to perform in some of the most isolated of nations during the days of the iron curtain and the cold war when most Westerners weren't welcome. Even great musicians such as Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus site him as a direct influence on their work.