Sal Andolina (clarinet, alto saxophone), Tony Di Lorenzo (trumpet),Amy Licata (violin), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (conductor)
Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington wrote some of the 20th Century's greatest Big Band music, but he also wrote in a variety of other forms. The boisterous and evocative Harlem pays tribute to Ellington's roots, Black Brown and Beige sets work songs and spirituals, whilst the suite from The River shows his genius in writing for the stage. Three Black Kings, scored as a ballet, was left unfinished at his death, but shows no lessening of invention. Ellington's arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's Take the 'A' Train became famous around the world after the outbreak of World War II, and ranks among the most widely recorded standards of all time. JoAnn Falletta serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony in the USA and Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland.
Duke Ellington Harlem, Black Brown and Beige Suite, Three Black Kings Ballet, The River Suite; Billy Strayhorn (arr. Ellington) Take the 'A' Train