Audio Beat Rated 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London. Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
This music counts among Ellington's most well-realized "concept projects," all
inspired by Shakespeare's work and filled with memorable melodies and ample
opportunities for solos by Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and
Quentin Jackson. The Ellington-Strayhorn compositions treat their soloists like
actors doing scenes and, in effect, playing parts, even quoting lines after a
fashion Clark Terry "plays" Puck in "Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead
Them Up and Down)," and Johnny Hodges turns in one of the most sensuous
performances of his career for "Half the Fun," from Antony and Cleopatra.
This is ambitious music from the two greatest large ensembles in jazz history [PPRLP52056 Count Basie & His Orchestra Kansas City Suite: The Music of Benny Carter & PPRLP1033 Duke Ellington Such Sweet Thunder] and the presentation and sound of these reissued LPs are top notch. John Crossett, www.theaudiobeat.com, 4/5 Music, 4/5 Sound!
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180g Vinyl Analogue
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Ray Nance, trumpet
Clark Terry, trumpet
Willie Cook, trumpet
John Sanders, trombone
Britt Woodman, trombone
Quentin Jackson, trombone
Johnny Hodges, saxophone
Harry Carney, saxophone
Russell Procope, saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton, saxophone
Paul Gonsalves, saxophone
Sam Woodyard, drums
Jimmy Wood, bass
Duke Ellington, piano
1. Such Sweet Thunder
2. Sonnet For Caesar
3. Sonnet to Hank Cinq
4. Lady Mac
5. Sonnet in Search of a Moor
6. The Telecasters
7. Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down)
8. Sonnet for Sister Kate
9. The Star-Crossed Lovers
10. Madness In Great Ones
11. Half the Fun
12. Circle of Fourths
13. Such Sweet Thunder
Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studios, New York.