John Shapley Octet | Essence of Ellington

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Essence of Ellington

by John Shapley Octet

Authentic, swinging transcriptions of original compositions of genius American composer Duke Ellington played by the John Shapley Octet; features the all-star talents of veteran south Florida musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Perdido
5:31 $0.99
2. Mood Indigo
6:22 $0.99
3. The Eighth Veil
3:07 $0.99
4. In A Mello Tone
3:14 $0.99
5. Subtle Slough
3:45 $0.99
6. Rockin' In Rhythm
4:43 $0.99
7. Awful Sad
3:09 $0.99
8. Satin Doll
8:21 $0.99
9. Subtle Lament
3:44 $0.99
10. Cottontail
9:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Since it's inception in 1994, the John Shapley Octet has grown in popularity amoung mainstream jazz listeners throughout the United States. Through the heterogenous blend of three saxophones, two brass, and rhythm section, this band has a truly dynanmic and interesting sound. It is a slight departure from the "Big band Sound", using less instruments and acheiving a rich sound in the five-horn section. The repertoire includes styles spanning jazz history as well as original compositions which are an innovative blend of new and familiar sounds.

The band appears regularly at jazz festivals and concerts in the south Florida area, tours frequently in the southeastern United States at various clubs and venues, and conducts jazz clinics in public schools and universities. John Shapley's talents include mastery of all the saxophones, flute, and clarinet. He also is a master composer, arranger and professor of music. The John Shapley Octet prides itself in performing traditional jazz music and in entertaining audiences of all ages. Of particular importance is the the recent "Tribute to Duke Ellington" children's jazz education program that has been implemented in the public schools throughout the state of Florida.



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Annie G-Rafuls

"Innovative, energized, original, and still "cool-school"......
Shapley's ability to integrate traditional sounds with new and innovative energy is tireless......few do justice to the sounds that Duke blessed us with, and Shapley is able to not only present these sounds dynamically and crisply, but able to simultaneously remind us of the spontaneity and improvisation inherent in this true art form. Can't stop listening!!!!!

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Lilly

Exceptional interpretation and inviting to listen too.
We have been extremely honored to be able to listen to an interpretation that is so relative to the title of the CD. It is the Essence of Ellington. We have enjoyed this CD in addition to being able to see this particular performance live. John Shapley's version is a perfect translation.

Thank you for the music...

bob pondolfino sr

creative &innovative sounds
shapley puts a creative & innovative twist on classic big band sounds. each time i listen i find his style refreshing & easy to listen to.i recommend these cd's to any age group,especially those who enjoy the unique sound of the tenor sax combined with the wonderfulsound of brass,drums & even a little ella fitzgerald.great job john!