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listen  7. Congo Square 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. A Drum Is a Woman (Part 2) 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Better Know It 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Madam Zajj 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ballet of the Flying Saucers 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jazz Track
  • ASIN: B0012BMMYS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

During his long and prolific career, Duke Ellington composed music for concerts ranging from the most prestigious venues to dance halls. He also wrote for the theatre, for movies, and, of course, for records. The work contained on this album, however, originates from an early television special. This musical fantasy or allegory told the story of Jazz in terms of the adventures of Madam Zajj and Carribee Joe, from the Caribbean to the moon via Congo Square and Fifty-Second Street. It was in four parts with a dozen selections, two reprises, and a finale. Extra percussion, a harp, and the voices of Margaret Tynes, Joya Sherrill, and Ozzie Bailey were used, but what could not be experienced on the album was the radiant presence of Carmen de Lavallade, who danced so superbly in the television version. This edition presents the complete original album A Drum Is a Woman plus a rare song played at the original TV show but omitted from the LP. 16 tracks. Jazz Track.

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Keep the change officer... because I'll be coming back just as fast as I am going."
Cynthia Waller
It's essential Ellington, equally engaging for youthful and experienced listeners, good enough to justify fixing up the old turntable.
Caponsacchi
A must for every Elligton's fan, and for anybody who wants to know someting about jazz.
Alain Robert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This "musical fantasy" paralleling the history of the origins of jazz is not, despite some critics' contentions and the public's disregard, inferior Ellington. In fact, with its combination of the Maestro's narrative wit and colorful orchestrations, it's quintessential Ellington-Strayhorn, a picturesque, dramatic, and expressive tone poem that fully exploits the unique styles of Duke's key soloists (Gonsalves, Terry, Hodges, Hamilton, Woodyard, Joya Sherrill). Ellington's ironies and symbolism are admittedly not always obvious, but his scholarship is right on. The attention to the African-West Indies-American synergies, the legend surrounding Buddy Bolden, the exotic and hypnotic atmosphere of Congo Square are oral history brought to life by Duke's musical magic.
No doubt this work was the inspiration behind Wynton Marsalis' Pulitzer Prize-winning "Blood on the Fields," a more ambitious but comparatively less rich musical epic about the African-American experience. Once again, it's not violent but barren cultural fields that threaten our liberation from ignorance.
You'll have to look for this one on eBay, possibly settling for the original LP. It's essential Ellington, equally engaging for youthful and experienced listeners, good enough to justify fixing up the old turntable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nikica Gilic on January 25, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is not a usual project for Ellington - connected to a TV special, it is not really satisfactory in the CD form...
The vocals abound but are mostly not comparable with the best Ellingtonia vocals and the orchestra itself is in background.
Ellington's voice is excellent for narration but I didn't really like the text very much (about Carribian Joe and the primitive drum-woman Mme Zajj)...
There's some nice drumming, though... Did I mention the orchestra takes back seat to singing in narration too often?

This is mostly for Ellington completists, in my humble opinion - as a proud owner of an entire shelf full of Ellington's music, I must say this album will never enter my top 10 Ellington projects list. This is not BAD in any way, but it is very, very far from
fulfilling the Ellington's potential.
Also, the afficionados of drums and percussion might like to check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank Lynch on March 24, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Whether or not you'll like this will depend on how insistent you are on the "typical" Ellington experience: a seamless, swinging group of tunes with outstanding solos. Ellington had different ambitions for this music, and you're not going to find that here. The music is fine, but there is spoken-word narration; there are vocals like you hear in Black, Brown, and Beige.

By and large I think Ellington succeeded on achieving his ambitions, and I'd give it a four. But I haven't embraced it yet; it will never be put on as background music (it demands and deserves more attention), but I think it's successful.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Waller on December 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. It is not one that you can listen to only once and love. The more you listen to it, the better it gets. It is whimsical and fun. My mother listened to it in the fifties. I listened to it in the seventies, eighties, etc. etc. I think it is timeless if you know and love this great music we call Jazz. You have to listen to it like you are reading a book so you get the nuances. " Keep the change officer... because I'll be coming back just as fast as I am going." C'mon you got to love it. Ellington is so wonderful albeit a bit sexist.... context is everything.
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I remember hearing this album more than 50 years ago. There was a film produced by the US Steel Hour in the '50s. It is a musical that talks about jazz and its impact on the world. It is a clever way to express how jazz came from the jungle, but still "she speaks her mother tongue fluently".
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