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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hasse, John Edward, 1948-
New York : Simon & Schuster, c1993
|Named Person:||Duke Ellington|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
John Edward Hasse
|Description:||479 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Responsibility:||John Edward Hasse.|
Ellington was acclaimed in his lifetime as a bandleader, but Hasse explores the source of Duke's genius in his skill as a composer and musical "problem-solver." Unlike other great bandleaders, Ellington personally created most of the music played by his orchestra. With characteristic musical sensitivity, he wrote pieces that were designed for specific players, many of whom are discussed in this book. In addition, in a career spanning five decades, Ellington overcame one racial barrier after another and added hundreds of musical treasures to our national heritage. Hasse offers new insights into Ellington's personality and his business affairs, and provides a new assessment of Ellington's ambitiousness (including his efforts to meet a series of American presidents) and brilliance at taking individuality to an artistic zenith. This is a thorough, balanced, yet admiring portrait of Ellington and his enormous achievement.
In this book, Hasse also guides both the novice and the devoted fan through the bewildering array of Ellington recordings, selecting and commenting on the most essential ones from each period of Ellington's career.
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