Label: RCA Victor - RD-7894 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
Ellington and Billy Strayhorn wrote the compositions. The album was reissued in with four previously unreleased alternate takes. Strayhorn died in Maymaking Far East Suite one of the last albums recorded during his life to feature his compositions. The album's title is something of a misnomer. The band arrived in Ankara but U. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated the day before its concert, and the State Department cancelled the tour. Scheduled performances in IstanbulNicosiaArnad - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Duke Ellingtons Far East Suite AlexandriaAthensThessalonikiand a week added to the tour for Yugoslavia were cancelled.
In earlywhile on tour in EnglandEllington and Strayhorn performed four pieces of music for the first time "Mynah", "Depk", "Agra", and "Amad"which they called "Expressions of the Far East". By the time of the recording sessions in December Ellington and Strayhorn had added four more pieces.
One, the latter's " Isfahan " was formerly known as "Elf", and had in fact been written months prior to the tour. Ellington very rarely performed the pieces that made up The Far East Suite. Cook and Morton have suggested that " Isfahan ", which later became a jazz standard, "is arguably the most beautiful item in Ellington's and Strayhorn's entire output.
Unlike the album, Brown's version used Eastern instruments along with standard jazz instruments. Cook and Morton, writing for The Penguin Guide to Jazzgive the album a four-star rating of a possible fournoting that "Ellington's ability to communicate points of contact and conflict between cultures, assimilating the blues to Eastern modes in tracks like 'Blue Pepper Far East of the Blues Music Maker - The Uniques - Give Thanks never sounds unduly self-conscious.
This remains a postwar peak. Participating in Down Beat ' s Blindfold Ill Find A Way - Nico Ventura - Ill Find A Way shortly after the album's release, composer-arranger Clare Fischer was played track 7, "Agra.
It gives both qualities that I look for — an earthy quality and the sophisticated quality. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Duke Ellington. The Penguin Guide to Jazz 10th ed. New York: Penguin. San Francisco: Backbeat Books.
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