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Far East Suite

Duke EllingtonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  5. Mount HarissaDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 7:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Blue Pepper (Far East of The Blues)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. AgraDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. AmadDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Ad Lib on NipponDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra11:34Album Only
listen10. Tourist Point of View (Take 4)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Bluebird of Delhi (Mynah) (Take 9)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Isfahan (Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Depk (Take 15)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Bluebird/BMG Heritage
  • ASIN: B0000C8AOZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Far East Suite by Duke Ellington

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime October 4, 2006
By Zoner
Format:Audio CD
As a classically trained clarinetist, I hate jazz clarinet, as a rule. But I have to make an exception in Jimmy Hamilton's case on Bluebird of Delhi. His sound is brilliant, mature and confident, and his technique is outstanding. He gives the clarinet a good name - in 1966 of all times. That piece is a highlight in a disc full of highlights.

Far East Suite is delightful from start to finish. Forty years later a lot of it sounds like spy music - maybe James Bond theme music, or maybe Las Vegas lounge style - but that's not a bad thing! Tourist Point of View is laid back, showcasing Paul Gonsalves' amazing tenor sax, tasteful as always.

The world class sax work from Gonsalves and Johnny Hodges continues throughout, but in my eyes Harry Carney deserves special notice. From personal experience I can say that it's hard to make a bari sax sound good, much less sweet or sexy. But Carney does all the above, particularly in track 7, Agra. It is a concerto for bari sax that might change your mind about what the instrument can do.

But then Agra leads into Amad, which is so rhythmically compelling it's hard to sit still listening to it. It is a sinuous fluid demonstration of the Duke's ideas of a rhythm section composed of every instrument in his band - with a typically assertive piano line. Lawrence Brown's trombone shines.

Ad Lib on Nippon is tour de force, and contains some absolutely top shelf clarinet work at the end, amongst its other charms.

The seven bonus tracks on this disc are noteworthy. I've listened to the two bonus Bluebirds more than the others. While I can agree with the original choice, the other two are still great. I think Hamilton was a little off his game on track 12, but track 13 is technically excellent.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, but yet another remaster? August 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The previous version 'special mix' sounded preety good to my ears. This one sounds a little better, but you could do with the 'special mix' version. Some alternate takes were not included here, but they put as much as you can in a one CD album. But if you are buying this album for the first time, this is the version to get.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anorher Jazz 101 must November 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
What is the litmus test of good art? It should hold up well-or very well-over time, and one goes back,again and again, to read, or view, or listen, discovering something new each time.
So it is with The Far East Suite, and for those who are not familiar with Ellington's many Suites, a good starting point.
The band was in excellent form, and the songs are ageless. The Strayhorn/Ellington collaborative art form was at its apex.
Time is given to let the musicians stretch, and Hodges even tosses in some blues honking-but everyone is at the top of their game; Gonsalves, Hamilton, Carney, and the unsung hero of the LP, Rufus Jones, who made it swing like mad with outstanding drumming.
By the way, one can now see versions of "Isfahan" and "Agra" on YouTube,allowing another insight to the players; Hodges, as usual, never showing a hint of emotion, Carney with his circular breathing. Amazing players and amazing songs.Mt Harissa, Amad,Blue Pepper..None got much airtime, if at all, but highlights the depth of composition and colour.
One small piece of trivia. Isfahan, (which is pure poetry, and cannot be improved upon) was written by Strayhorn years before the band ever went to the Far East; it was originally called "Elf."
If you don't yet have this, get it, Should be part of everyone's collection of Ellingtonia.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This CD does not come with any liner notes or album notes. It doesn't even have a CD serial number and year of issue! I purchased this CD as I needed both the music and the liner notes for my research assignment and I was so disappointed with the missing liner notes. I ended up buying another copy of the CD from which has the liner notes. You need to get the 2003 re-issue, serial number: 82876 55614 2, if you need the original liner notes by Stanley Dance and new liner notes by Stephanie Stein Crease. If you don't need the liner notes, you might as well just get the MP3 download. Do check out the album description of the same title at which indicates, "Packaged in digipak format featuring original cover art & session photographs as well as original & newly commissioned liner notes. Bluebird. 2003." That's the one to get.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic August 24, 2010
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I am in no position to judge Duke Ellington's music, or Far East Suite. I barely have a pinky toe in this master's discography. Anatomy of a Murder and Afro Eurasian Eclipse are what I have started my foray into Duke with in the past year.

When, like me, a lover of rock and free jazz, you get used to instruments sticking out. Mile's wha wha trumpet. Coltrane's sax.
This is why it is a little jarring to work your way into Ellington. Far East Suite is a perfect example.

This subtle and sublime music is based on Ellington's tour of the Far East in the early 1960s, and came out in 1966. These are sublime melodies, with each instrument perfectly balanced with all others in Ellington's band. The music works like soft butterscotch, revealing its flavor gently, from inside its silk surface.

I find the same subtly in the theme of the music, given its name. There are, in fact, many Far Eastern elements throughout this wonderful suite. But they are blended into Ellington's style. He smoothly woos you with each new idea, each invention, like a doctor who you expect to give a needle and then find out he already has. The masters refinement is astounding, and brilliant.

I can't say that I am bowled over. I can't say I am blown out of the water. But that is not what this music is designed for, and if wading into Ellington's massive pool of work is a life long, gentle process, I have an inkling the Duke may have planned it that way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic well worth owning!
What an amazing ride! Any Duke fan or newbie needs this in their collection. So rich, so beautiful and amazing energy.
Published 5 days ago by J. Astbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album by a jazz master
This is a unique Ellington cd with wonderful far east inflections performed by the wonderful big band with the superb dynamics and subtlety one associates with it! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Pierrepont Hokie
5.0 out of 5 stars West meets East
heard the number amad two weeks ago on internet radioio and life just hasn't been the same. i was determined to get the cd and i did on amz. Read more
Published on August 5, 2008 by Reginald Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Jonny Quest jazz
There's something about this album, especially the opening track that always reminds me of the theme to the old Jonny Quest cartoon. Read more
Published on June 23, 2007 by S. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellington & Strayhorn at their very best
The Far East Suite I first heard on Dutch radio, back in '67 or '68. The album has been with me for all this time, and every new cd edition seems to improve on the last. Read more
Published on March 18, 2007 by Loek Hopstaken
5.0 out of 5 stars Spicy and Fun
Particularly "Ad Lib on Nippon." I could listen to that piece all day. It's delightfully dynamic and hedonistic. Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by A. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Late Duke Ellington Masterpiece
This review is an excerpt from my "So You'd Like To..." guide called, "Explore the Music of Duke Ellington: Part I. Read more
Published on February 2, 2006 by J. B.
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