quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2012

Duke Ellington - Plays Mary Poppins

  1. A Spoonful Of Sugar
  2. Chim Chim Cheree
  3. Feed The Birds
  4. Let's Go Fly A Kite
  5. Stay Awake
  6. I Love To Laugh
  7. Jolly Holiday
  8. Sister Suffragette
  9. The Perfect Nanny
  10. Step In Time
  11. The Life I Lead
  12. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Mary Poppins

This disc is a surprising success. Duke Ellington was somehow persuaded into revising and recording a dozen songs from the score of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, and the results are actually quite memorable. With such soloists as altoist Johnny Hodges, baritonist Harry Carney, trumpeter Cootie Williams, tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, and trombonist Lawrence Brown getting their spots, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra turn such songs as "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Chim Chim Cheree" (a much happier version than John Coltrane's), "The Life I Lead," and even "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" into swinging jazz.  

(By Scott Yanow from allmusic.com)

Um comentário:

  1. years ago, back in the 70's, I had the opportunity to interview Oscar Peterson after his show; I had taken my then-new girlfriend to see the concert and she, being a rocker-sort from the 70's, was visibly bored through the first half of the show .. until Oscar played the Billy Joel hit "Just The Way You Are", one of her favourite songs. It was as if a light had been switched on! Knowing the tune as well as she did, she could now hear what Oscar had been doing to the other pieces, and it startled her, and opened her ears; she became a great fan of Oscar Peterson's music as the result of this one familiar cover. This Mary Poppins must have been a similar revelation to a lot of the 60's "Easy Listening" fans who may have forgotten about the Duke after the Swing Era ended (Basie did Beatles covers at that time too)

    In our modern times we see similar 'treatments' of ultra-familiar tunes as a bridge for new jazz fans, for example Wayne Newton and The Bad Plus covering Nirvana.


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