Ellington: In A Sentimental Mood

Ellington: In A Sentimental Mood

by Jean-Yves ThibaudetJean-Yves Thibaudet


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Take the title of this CD at face value. These are not transcriptions -- like CONVERSATIONS WITH BILL EVANS, Jean-Yves Thibaudet's previous jazz-inspired outing -- but rather reinterpretations of Ellington's works by Thibaudet and a team of crack arrangers. If you can put aside your own musical preconceptions and Ellingtonian associations, it will be easier to enjoy these tunes, with their occasional Chopinesque and Ravellian turns of phrase. A master arranger himself, Ellington might have appreciated the direction his music takes here. Fans of both the pianist and the composer should hear this rhapsodic homage, where Ellington's melodic sense fits loosely, but comfortably under Thibaudet's formidable fingers. Jazzers could find that the lack of rhythmic solidity sometimes makes these performances sound close to cocktail bar filler, but classical aficionados will likely be swept away by Thibaudet's brilliant flights of pianistic fancy.

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Release Date: 04/06/1999
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946081129
catalogNumber: 460811

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