The World Of Duke Ellington
African American Studies
About this book
"The ultimate in art is self-expression, not escape."-Duke Ellington In this fascinating portrait of one of America's greatest musical legends, longtime friend and jazz historian Stanley Dance recounts the life of the incomparable Duke Ellington in his own words and in the words of the artists who played along with him: longtime co-composer Billy Strayhorn, saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, trumpeters Cootie Williams and Clark Terry, drummer Sonny Greer, vocalist Alice Babs, and organist Wild Bill Davis, among many others. There are also first-hand accounts of Ellington's world tours, performances in churches and the White House, interviews and public appearances, and a complete discography and chronology. The result is a timeless chronicle of the long and extraordinary career of a music master."The truest and most intimate portrait of the great Ellington that we have."-Whitney Balliett
Captures Duke before he was made of marble. And fairly well. Just a facet of the complex gem that was Ellington, but interesting nonetheless.
Here's a quote from the introduction to this bk. Stanley Dance is describing Ellington."He walks fast when obliged to walk, but doesn't exercise, and professes a fear of 'fresh-air poisoning'".So great.