For those of us who like Dave Grusin and Duke Ellington, this is a match made in heaven! As most of us know, this is Ellington's birth year, and one of the best tributes to the man is in this CD put together by jazz pianist Dave Grusin and his fellow musicians, George Bohannon, Brain Bromberg, Pete Christlieb, Eddie Daniels, Harvey Mason, John Patitucci, Tom Scott, and Clark Terry. The music arrangements are a great listening pleasure, and among the wonderful music of Duke Ellington the following is heard: "Cotton Tail," "Satin Doll," "Mood Indigo," "Caravan," "Sophisticated Lady," "Take the 'A' Train." There are a total of ten selections, and each one is excellent.
The CD booklet which accompanies the music has a long article by Leonard Feather about Ellington's career and his musicians, including composer Billy Strayhorn. Many music historians estimate that Duke Ellington's name appears on over 3000 compositions. This Grusin recording is a fine introduction to what the Duke was all about and his contribution to the world of jazz music.