JoAnn Falletta conducts Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige

Hear a clip from the Buffalo Philharmonic's recording of the great jazz musician's orchestral work


Here's a clip from Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige, a three-part tribute to America's African-American heritage.

The clip comes from 'Black', the opening movement of the work which was written in tribute to the African-American faith in prayer and hard work – the music includes phrases from the tune Come Sunday.

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by JoAnn Falletta and the recording is on the Naxos label.

Writing in the July issue of BBC Music Magazine, Geoffrey Smith said of the disc: 'The pieces all display Ellington's genius for captivating melodies, dramatic effect and surging energy. His magnum opus Black, Brown and Beige shines in its orchestral setting.'

Disc information:
Duke Ellington
Harlem, Black, Brown and Beige, Three Black Kings – Ballet, The River – Suite

Billy Strayhorn, arr. Ellington
Take the 'A' Train
Sal Andolina (cl and sax), Tony Di Lorenzo (tpt), Amy Licata (vln); Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra/JoAnn Falletta

Naxos 8.559737

For a full review, pick up a copy of the July issue of BBC Music Magazine

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