All Ellington is a mix of young, well-trained players and seasoned improvising musicians. The masterfully improvising ensemble delves into the repertoire of Duke Ellington, in the Bimhuis.
'You can say anything you want on the trombone, but you gotta be careful with words,' said Duke Ellington in an interview with The New Yorker in 1944. In his music, Duke found a way to criticize the poignant racism in America . Improvisation, in the most positive sense of the word, contributed to this and that is what the All Ellington ensemble builds on. All Ellington enjoys playing the pieces of 'tunesmith' Ellington. The band finds copying or relying heavily on rearranging those good 'tunes' less interesting. An answer is sought to the question 'what is still possible for us in that music?'. All this, of course, according to that fantastic example set in American jazz and by the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Improvisation plays an essential role in this. They also ate cheese from that in Amsterdam. All Ellington is a mix of young, well-trained players and seasoned improvising musicians. They can all play a melody. And how.
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