Duke Ellington in Paris

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 306-307:

In 1963, I found myself in Paris with an unusual contract that gave me authority to act as a. and r. man for Reprise Records and record six or seven people of my choice. The first one I got was Alice Babs, for she is probably the most unique artist I know. She is a coloratura soprano, an unlimited soprano. She sings opera, she sings lieder, she sings what we call jazz and blues, she sings like an instrument, she even yodels, and she can read any and all of it! No matter how hard the intervals, when you hand her the music, she sight-reads and sings it as though she had rehearsed it a month. …   more >>
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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 306-307. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1429709783547 accessed: 29 May, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Duke Ellington
lyricist, performer, piantist, Composer […]

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multi-genre performed by Alice Babs

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Medium live
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:36:23 +0100
Approved on Tue, 01 Sep 2015 11:57:42 +0100