Jun 27, · Duke and company takes advantage of a wealth of melodically vibrant material like the title track “In A Mellow Tone,” originally by Duke Ellington. Duke’s respect and passion for jazz speaks volumes throughout. The music on Tone is dedicated to legacy of classic jazz pioneers, and their performances in addition he tossed in a few thought.
Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington, April 29, - May 24, ) was an American jazz composer, pianist and bandleader, one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music. Duke Ellington composed over songs, including: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo.
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington, Ellington, Duke; $ on iTunes 2. Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington, Russell, Bob; $ on iTunes 3. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me - Duke Ellington, Ellington, Duke; $ on iTunes 4. Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington, Strayhorn, Billy; $ on iTunes 5. Solitude - Duke Ellington, DeLange.
The second volume in Columbia Records box set series of Duke Ellington's complete output for the label is a collection of 10 masterpiece albums recorded in the period, including film soundtracks, interpretations of classical pieces and timeless collaborations with jazz contemporaries.
Straightforward small combo jazz (basically an electric/acoustic piano trio with occasional guitar, reeds and percussion) of a kind that George Duke's detractors say he has long since abandoned, In a Mellow Tone is indubitably a mainstream jazz record with little adventurous spirit and a sound that occasionally even verges on the easy listening horrors of smooth jazz.