The essence of Duke Ellington – but in the hands of William Parker
, it's a very different thing than you might expect! The group here is larger than usual for Parker
– a great ensemble used in ways that definitely echo some of Ellington's more inventive scoring, especially his mature use of tone and color – yet both the solos and ensemble moments go way way farther than anything the Duke might have imagined – all the bold, righteous brilliance that we've come to love in Parker
's own recordings – focused back on one of his greatest inspirations. The lineup is quite impressive – as musicians include Roy Campbell on trumpet, Ras Moshe on tenor and soprano, Rob Brown and Darius Jones on alto, Sabir Mateen on clarinet and tenor, Steve Swell on trombone, Dave Burrell on piano, Hamid Drake on drums, and Parker
himself on bass – and titles include "Take The Coltrane", "Essence Of Sophisticated Lady/
Sophisticated Lady", "Caravan", "Essence Of Ellington", "Take The A Train/
Ebony Interlude", and "Portrait Of Louisiana".
(Comes in a gatefold, cardboard sleeve.)