Duke Ellington, Jazz Composer

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Yale University Press, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 327 pages
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This analysis of Duke Ellington's works draws on observations by Ellington himself and by members of his orchestra to show how blues, ragtime and Tin Pan Alley influenced Ellington and how he integrated black folk music practices with elements of European art music. The book aims to provide new perspectives on Ellington's life and music, the interpretations of some of his creative soloists and the evolution of the jazz tradition.

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Generally considered the most important composer jazz has produced, Ellington has inspired nearly 20 biographies (e.g., those by James L. Collier, LJ 9/1/87, and Ron Frankl, Chelsea, 1989, both ... Read full review

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