Duke Ellington Such Sweet Thunder (1957)

Columbia
  • CD CK65568£7.99
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  • 1. such sweet thunder
  • 2. sonnet for caesar
  • 3. sonnet to hank cinq
  • 4. lady mac
  • 5. sonnet in search of a moor
  • 6. the telecasters
  • 7. up and down, up and down
  • 8. sonnet for sister kate
  • 9. the star-crossed lovers
  • 10. madness in great ones
  • 11. half the fun (aka lately)
  • 12. circle of fourths
  • 13. CD Bonus Track – the star-crossed lovers (stereo LP master)
  • 14. CD Bonus Track – circle of fourths (stereo LP master)
  • 15. CD Bonus Track – suburban beauty (master take)
  • 16. CD Bonus Track – a flat minor (preferred take)
  • 17. CD Bonus Track – cafe au lait (preferred take)
  • 18. CD Bonus Track – half the fun (aka lately) (alternate take)
  • 19. CD Bonus Track – suburban beauty (alternate take)
  • 20. CD Bonus Track – a flat minor (out-takes)
  • 21. CD Bonus Track – cafe au lait (out-takes)
  • 22. CD Bonus Track – pretty girl (first recording)

This album is a fine example of the compositional talents of Duke Ellington and his alter ego, Billy Strayhorn. Such Sweet Thunder was, like Black, Brown and Beige and the later Far East Suite and other works of the late-1950s and on, a long-form study broken into identifiable miniatures that could stand alone as tunes. Rounding out the original LP issue--which accounts for only half of this CD's length--are a host of alternate takes, three of them wholly or partially unreleased until this set.