Duke Ellington’s “New Orleans Suite”

One huge clue to the Ellington sound is the plunger mute. It seems Duke was influenced by Joe Oliver, who was an early pioneer of using ‘the plumber’s friend’ to alter the sound of his trumpet. Of course, Oliver was Louis Armstrong’s mentor.

Another key quality of the Ellington sound is the use of the clarinet, which Barney Bigard, a New Orleanian from Joe Oliver’s band, brought to Ellington. In songs like, “Creole Love Call” and “The Mooche,” the clarinet is an important player, and all five of Ellington’s reed men played the instrument.

Finally, we all know that Johnny Hodges’ breathy, low-registered alto is a hallmark of the Ellington sound. Hodges, who had played with Duke since 1928, couldn’t help but be an indispensible piece of the Ellington puzzle. Coincidentally, Hodges studied with Sidney Bechet, Duke’s early inspiration. And so it comes full circle.

Source: ‘Duke Ellington’s “New Orleans Suite”‘.

21-02-2016 12.56 | Door: Stommeling Jones | Categorie: Losse skakels, Muziek

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