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Duke's 'Bones: Ellington's Great Trombonists Paperback – May, 1995

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Advance Music (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3892210594
  • ISBN-13: 978-3892210597
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent study of the great trombonists in Duke Ellington's orchestras over the years, starting with the greatest of them all: Tricky Sam Nanton. Brief but colorful biographical entries are followed by highly intelligent musical analyses and rare transcriptions. You don't have to be a trombonist (I'm certainly not) to appreciate this focused look at one piece of the puzzle that made up the mysterious and consistent beauty of Ellington's sound.
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By Kat on December 28, 2003
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This is one of the only books that focuses on trombone players that I've seen in a long time. With richly painted biographies and some very good stories, you'll definitely like this book.
As a trombone player myself, I loved it, but I think that anyone could read this book and really like it.
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Even today, there are an enormous number of Ellington fans who thrill to a sound which started life way back in the 1920's. It is an acknowledged fact that Duke Ellington's arrangements were tailored to highlight the individuality of his musicians. It is said that he often labelled the parts with the names of the musicians rather than the instrument they played. Whether that is true or not, it is true to say that having established a particular sound early in the band's life, Ellington subsequently attempted to choose replacement musicians who could reproduce and enhance that sound.

Kurt Dietrich's book "Duke's Bones" takes a very thorough in-depth look at the various trombonists who passed through the band at different stages. By making a special study of three trombonists "Tricky Sam" Nanton - the plunger expert, Juan Tizol - valve trombonist and composer and Lawrence Brown, the virtuoso soloist, Dietrich sets the scene for a broader view of other members of the trombone section. The book contains detailed musical examples of solos and effects and, although of primary interest to trombonists, would be relevant to anyone who wishes to have a better understanding of the Duke's special way of using his musicians.
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