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Novel Jazz Septet-Live; Ellington&strayhorn Rediscovered

by Novel Jazz Septet

High-energy, live performances with a mix of standards and rare gems, recently unearthed from the Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian-- Keeping the spirit of Duke and Sweet-pea alive and swinging!
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Country Gal
6:54 album only
2. Lotus Blossom
5:12 album only
3. Sophisticated Lady
5:09 album only
4. Mellow Tone
5:46 album only
5. I Ain't Got Nothin But The Blues
6:52 album only
6. Happy Reunion
4:25 album only
7. Smada
5:29 album only
8. Mood Indigo
4:05 album only
9. Bakiff
5:56 album only
10. Shout'em Aunt Tillie
4:33 album only
11. Single Petal of a Rose
3:41 album only
12. Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool
4:58 album only
13. Heaven
4:03 album only
14. A Train
5:14 album only


Album Notes
If you’ve got this cool CD in your hot little hand, you’re in for a lively tour of classical jazz, played fresh as a sea breeze on the Maine coast. That’s where the Novel Jazz Septet plays, a big sound in a small town with a following of jazz lovers like you.
There is nothing quite so swinging as an evening of Novel: The camaraderie and musicianship of seven guys doing justice to jazz granddaddies Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The Septet ~ a social worker, an island selectman, an ocean scientist, a music teacher, recording engineer, minister, sign maker, family guys ~ has such a good time it’s contagious. Duke and Billy would grin to hear it. These tunes are the genuine article: standard repertoire plus transcribed original work from the Ellington Archives at the Smithsonian ~ performed for the first time in many a decade. But not for the last time, that’s for sure!
Steve Cartwright, Freelance Writer, Waldoboro, ME

***A note about the artwork on the cover of the CD***
The cover has a reproduction of a painting by Elizabeth Turner Hall called “Duke Ellington and His Orchestra”. Hall is art professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University, where she taught for more than 25 years. Since the late 1970's, Hall created works using strong brush strokes and bold colors to capture the movement and emotion of jazz. Hall's love affair with jazz began as a teenager while collecting records of legendary bandleaders Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman. In 1949 Hall attended one of Duke Ellington's concerts at the Chicago Opera House and was so enamored by their performance that her goal became "to paint the way he makes music." She also frequented jazz clubs in New York City in her youth, which is where she met her husband-to-be, celebrated musician Al Hall, bass player with the Ellington Orchestra (who died in 1988). Since 1984, she has created a striking series of over three dozen paintings based on Duke Ellington's music. She has exhibited her jazz improvisational paintings at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC (attended by Duke’s son, Mercer Ellington) as well as a number of other well-known galleries.



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