Label: Concord Jazz - CCD-4651 • Format: CD • Country: US • Genre: Jazz •
Bill Mays brings a fine trio and his improvisational skills to this album dedicated to the works of the inestimable Duke Ellington. Predating the Ellington centennial by three years, Mays and his trio get their licks in before the spate of Ellington tribute albums hit the racks during Duke 's th birthday year.
Mays ' approach to the Ellington classics are innovative. But each tune retains that special Ellington flavor; it's just that a little different seasoning has been added. Mays adds a rarely heard Ellington composition, "Wig Wise. John Goldsby 's arco bass Various - Beach House to the feeling of a chamber music setting, as does Mays ' scholarly piano.
On the final tune of the trilogy, Billy Strayhorn 's "Passion Flower," Mays Satin Doll - Bill Mays Trio - An Ellington Affair improvising takes him so far from the melody that one wonders whether he can get back, but he does, with facility and imagination. With his sometimes unusual, but fascinating, interpretations of Ellington and Strayhorn music, Mays proves once more that great music can accommodate virtually any kind of arrangement, without diminution of power and originality.
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