Duke Ellington - the 1940's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, page 153:

Two other additions to the band around this time [1940’s] were also of great importance. Ben Webster was really saying something on that tenor saxophone, and I thought it was a most fitting thing for us to do, to get him. We got him, and immediately the sax section became more mature, with a grip on getting-togetherness it had never had before.

Strays [Billy Strayhorn] and Ben almost forcibly drew my attention to Jimmy Blanton, who revolutionized bass playing, and meant a great deal to the band. All in all, when we went out to the [West] Coast at the beginning of 1941 we were …   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 153. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429381558844 accessed: 26 May, 2024


Duke Ellington
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horns performed by Strayhorn, Jimmy Blanton, Ben Webster

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Date/Time the 1940's
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:25:59 +0100
Approved on Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:27:16 +0100