Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session
Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in 1963 but not released on the Atlantic label until 1976. The album features members of Ellington's orchestra performing with Stephane Grappelli and Svend Asmussen. Trumpeter Ray Nance, who was also featured in the Ellington Orchestra as a singer and a violinist, plays violin throughout the session alongside Grappelli. Asmussen, whose primary instrument was violin, plays viola throughout the session. Each of the string players is given a solo feature: Grappelli plays "In a Sentimental Mood," Asmussen plays "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and Nance plays "Day Dream." For the remainder of the session, all three string players are featured soloing in turn.
|Duke Ellington's Jazz Violin Session|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||February 22, 1963|
Barclay Studios, Paris
|Duke Ellington chronology|
The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3½ stars and stated "The soloist and group interplay are gentle, swinging, and utterly and completely graceful and elegant. There is a lighthearted tenderness in this set that borders on sentimentality without ever going there. And the feeling is loose, relaxed, and full of warmth throughout".
|The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide|
All music is composed by Duke Ellington except as noted.
|1.||"Take the "A" Train"||Billy Strayhorn||4:22|
|2.||"In a Sentimental Mood"||Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills||3:47|
|3.||"Don't Get Around Much Anymore"||Ellington, Bob Russell||3:58|
|4.||"Day Dream"||Ellington, Strayhorn, John La Touche||3:11|
|5.||"Cotton Tail"||Ellington, Jon Hendricks||4:39|
|6.||"Pretty Little One"||Strayhorn||4:25|
|8.||"Blues in C"||3:54|
|9.||"String Along With Strings"||6:26|
|11.||"The Feeling of Jazz"||Ellington, George T. Simon, Bobby Troup||3:22|