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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 2:27 pm    Post subject: Duke Ellington Movie!!! Reply with quote

In the near future there will be a movie about Duke Ellington, starring Morgan Freeman! Read about it here!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm... ::pondering how his voice and demeanor typically compares to the Duke::
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morgan Freeman is very similar in demeanor to Duke Ellington. He is also one of the most eloquent speakers just like Duke Ellington. I think it is a good fit, although I questioned it at first.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally agree on the eloquence note. I just got a live London recording of Duke's where he does a bunch of his usual introductions to his songs. Hehehe, but I guess it's kinda funny for me since I have images of Lean On Me in my head since that was the last Morgan Freeman movie I've seen -- featuring boot-camp-sergeant/principal Freeman.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was that the Eastborne concert with Money Johnson singing Basin Street Blues?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naw, it's this one:

The Great London Concerts (rec. 1963-1964)
http://www.warr.org/ellington.html wrote:
Drawn from two performances, January 1963 and February 1964; the set list is mostly greatest hits ("Mood Indigo," "Caravan," with a bizarre percussive piano solo), plus two long pieces ("Tone Parallel To Harlem" and "Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue") and a couple of rarely performed tunes from then-unreleased suites: "Isfahan" from Far East Suite; the piano solo "The Single Petal Of A Rose" from the Queen's Suite. The version of "Harlem" is the best I've heard yet: each segment is performed with vigor, and it all flows together rather than sounding like a patchwork. There are some other unusual touches: "Take The 'A' Train" is performed as a showcase for Ernie Shepard, who simultaneously plays a bass solo and scat sings; trumpeter Cat Anderson rolls out his insanely high notes on the fast-paced Cootie Williams tune "The Opener." Milt Grayson's arch vocal on "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" is the one low point. (DBW)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I have that one!

GREAT album.

Does anyone have a cd version of RCA VICTOR JAZZ: The First Half-Century; The Forties????
It's really good, but I've only got access to a cassette version & it has a repaired spot right in the middle of a good song.

It's got a groovin' version of "Yes, Indeed!" by Tommy Dorsey.
It's sweet! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, yeah.
The RCA album does have a Duke connection, I'm not just pulling that out of my hat.

Jack the Bear(Duke Ellington/Jimmy Blanton)
Concerto for Cootie(Cootie Williams with Duke Ellington Ochestra)
Cotton Tail(Ben Webster with Duke Ellington Ochestra)
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