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Track Listing
01 SUCH SWEET THUNDER 3:22
02 SONNET FOR CAESAR 2:59
03 SONNET TO HANK CINQ 1:23
04 LADY MAC 3:40
05 SONNET IN SEARCH OF A MOOR 2:22
06 THE TELECASTERS 3:05
07 UP AND DOWN, UP AND DOWN(I WILL LEAD THEM UP AND DOWN) 3:09
08 SONNET FOR SISTER KATE 2:23
09 THE STAR CROSSED LOVERS 3:59
10 MADNESS IN GREAT ONES 3:26
11 HALF THE FUN 4:19
12 CIRCLE OF FOURTHS 1:45
13 SUBURBAN BEAUTY 2:58
14 A FLAT MINOR 2:35
15 CAFÉ AU LAIT 2:44

Bonus tracks
16 A TONE PARALLEL TO HARLEM(THE HARLEM SUITE) 13:4517 THE CONTROVERSIAL SUITE PART 1(Before My Time) 6:08
18 THE CONTROVERSIAL SUITE PART 2(Later) 4:13
Artist:
Duke Ellington
Title:
Such Sweet Thunder + bonus tracks
Label:
Essential Jazz Classics
Cat No:
EJC55416
Format:
CD
Price £7.99
• This new edition presents the complete original 1957 “Such Sweet Thunder” album (tracks 1-12) plus three tunes from the same sessions that were originally intended to form part of the suite but were later discarded (“Suburban Beauty”, “A Flat Minor” and “Café Au Lait”).

• As a bonus, this release also includes two of Ellington’s previous suites: “The Harlem Suite” (1951) also known as “A Tone Parallel to Harlem”, and “The Controversial Suite” (1951) a kind of humorous work written as a friendly critique of some of the different musical styles in jazz.

• For an African American jazz musician to compose a suite based on Shakespearian themes during the 1950s was certainly not an every day occasion. In fact, it would have been an ambitious project even for a classical composer. But as Irving Townsend explained in the original liner notes, when the composer in question is Duke Ellington (with Billy Strayhorn) no one is surprised at all.

• Personnel : Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance (tp), Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Russell Procope (as, cl), Johnny Hodges (as),Harry Carney (bar, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Jimmy Woode (b),Sam Woodyard (d). 18 tracks - Total Time 68:24.

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