Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Summit: The Master Takes
WRTI's legendary jazz host "BP with the GM" shares his excellent taste in music, once again, with his latest CD review. As BP says, "your finely tuned ears" won't be disappointed.
The year 1961 resulted in a fortuitous recording date, involving two of the men widely acknowledged as doing the most to help establish jazz as a legitimate form of artistic expression. The meeting involved Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. The two men were into the twilight of their respective careers - each being in their early sixties, yet still masters of their respective instruments, and of the music they'd popularized for decades.
Louis and Duke performed 17 selections of the latter's music on the CD The Master Takes, with Louis doubling on trumpet and vocals. The dynamic duo is aided by Trummy Young on trombone, Barney Bigard, on clarinet, Mort Herbert on bass, and Danny Barcelona on drums.
Of course, many of the Ellington favorites are on the disc - timeless selections you may have heard over and over, but not with Louis on trumpet and vocalizing. Enough said?--BP