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  • Audio CD (April 18, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000YUO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Arrangements&textures fit very well here.nothing short of Genius here.
MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse is a groundbreaking suite, full of intriguing new sounds and grooves.
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Mabye Ellingtons most important work and certainly the most significant of his latter years.
Andre' S Grindle

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Lachance on January 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Duke swings contemporary without cheese.
And he does it well here in the 'Afro-Eurasion Eclipse'. Ever the coolest of cool hosts, Duke Ellington introduces us to a theme of contemporary world music as an ever increasing influence on everything we know.
Harold Ashby does more than his fair share of swinging here and shows us that regardless of influence Duke Ellington's music will always swing. 'Chinoiserie'=WILD! Improvisational jam!
This is a great recording in the fact that Duke really broke away from the bonds of conventional jazz and moved on to areas as yet uncharted. The greatest aspect of this, is, as he did everything else, he did it like the veteran professional he was.
This music swings in a way no one had swung before. Loosen up and listen with your body and soul and this music will grab a hold of you in a new way!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By robert bonnici on March 3, 2001
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One of the most powerful performances of Duke Ellington and his band in my entire collection.Shorn of such stallwarts as Jonny Hodges,Jimmy Hamilton,Ray Nance,Sam Woodyard a.o.,This album pulsates with exotic beats,deep orchestral tones and a drive that competes with his most famous recordings.This is not just a brilliant example of the 'latter' day Duke, this is a brilliant examle 'of Duke!'Paul Gonsalves,Rufus Jones,Noris Turney,Harold Ashby,Harry Carney and The Duke himself are the main protagonists,but the band as a whole are simply at their best.I think that Dukes opening speach, so cool and flavoured,sets the pace.This album is a must for any lover of good music.I love it and Im sure you will too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I recently read Hasse's biography of Ellington, and this CD was mentioned only a few times. But my jazz record guide gave it five stars (a rare thing; usually reserved for recordings such as Kind of Blue), so I figured I'd give it a listen.
I was very surprised at how accessible it is. The sound is typical Ellington, with some other world influences. Perhaps to 1999 ears it is not so strange-sounding as it was when it was released (late 1960's, I think).
Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre' S Grindle on November 25, 2003
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At this point Duke Ellington was jazz's oldest survivor but he himself didn't feel like it-still insisting his best numbers
were "the ones coming up tomorrow".Well here tomorrow arrived and
the influence of African and Oriental styles and rhythms are integrated into this eight-part suite-Duke's shinning moment!
The opening "Chinoserie" is perhapes best of all-an extended piece that blends Ellington's usual big-band swing approch with
a very carnavalesqe avante-garde rhythm similar to "The Creator
has A Master Plan"."Didjidoo",based on Duke's experience with the
native Aberiginal people of Austrailia is (in retrospect) quite
funky with it's use of polyrhythms and scaling horns.Most delightful though is "Acht O' Clock Rock"-basically a simple 3-chord extention of Louis Jordon/Little Richard-style rock n' roll
done up big band style.So pretty much he brings many of the more
popular musical styles of the early 70's-afro jazz,funk and rock
into his world of Ellingtonia and much good spirits will be felt
by all!The last half of the suite doesn't cover any different ground then the first but is still a fine extention on a wonderful theme.A true testement to a man who I feel is the most
significant composer and performer of the 20'th century AND his
unique ability to update his music to fit the sound of the time
period in whitch he composed-never alienating anyone along the way.Mabye Ellingtons most important work and certainly the
most significant of his latter years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on November 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the last of the suites that Duke wrote (only THE GOUTELAS SUITE was recorded later - by two months), rather than concentrating on a specific area of the world as in the past (NEW ORLEANS SUITE, LATIN AMERICAN SUITE), here he looks at a much bigger part of the world for his influences. African, Asian, even Australian elements are part of this suite.

Some highlights: the opening piece, CHINOISERIE, is a very ambitious composition, with an excellent solo by Harold Ashby on tenor. ACHT O'CLOCK ROCK, a tune that was played by itself in concerts, is a 16-bar blues - Duke's answer to r & r music. TRUE, is a waltz combined with gospel rudiments, with a heart-felt solo by Paul Gonsalves. A few of the pieces do not amount to much (DIDJERIDOO, AFRIQUE) and sound repetitive, but the ECLIPSE is a successful work for Duke and the orchestra.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "bluefish@hushmail.com" on July 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's a given that Ellington's career is highlighted by more than a few outstanding releases, but 1971 yielded this gem of a disc. Duke and crew put on an amazing, improv-fueled masterwork and Duke is the ever charming host in fine form. Fans of modern groove jazz might want to listen close to this Eclipse for serious Medeski Martin & Wood influences throught. (MMW covers "Chinoiserie" on their own Friday Afternoon in the Universe CD.) A stellar show and fine recording and sound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 22, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Well by the early 70's Duke Ellington is approching the end of his life and career and you would think that the man would pretty much be finished as a musical entity. Well it turns out that not only had more up his sleeve. He'd been travelling pretty steadily around the world touring for a good while and had managed to draft many of his cultural observations about what he saw in musical notation. So needless to say this album was strongly effected by all of this. The idea had come to Ellington,as it had to many cultural observers at the time that the world so this album not only reflected that in the melodic ideas but also some more modern Western musical concepts. Ellington was always a progressive musician and since the 50's new genres such as R&B and all of the different subgenres that came with it began to attract the publics attention so Duke was more than willing to adapt to the times in terms of his rhythmic influence.

The great part about this is that Duke was able to do all of this without sacrificing the use of his orchestra which,at this point included his son Mercer on trumpet along with mainstays as Paul Gonsalves,Cootie Williams and Harold Ashby. This suite generally doesn't emphasize soloing as much as it does present a series of interconnected songs where the musicians play collectively such as on the strongly Asian harmony influenced "Chinoiserie". That along with songs such as "Gong","Tang" and "True" all find Duke looking to mix the genres of big band jazz and avante garde as he really expands the disonant piano style he'd been utilizing since the 1920's to the point of it all sound more harmolodic and abstract than anything else.
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