Rodney Whitaker

All Too Soon: The Music of Duke Ellington

Origin 82789



A stone cold master class in a master's works that's so heart felt and spirited it just transcends all boundaries. Killer stuff.
Midwest Record

For the second installment of an ambitious five-CD project, undertaken to observe his fiftieth birthday, master bassist Rodney Whitaker convenes a world-class sextet to pay homage to the oeuvre of Duke Ellington. It's a subject that Whitaker came to know intimately during his 9-year tenure with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, regarding it as his Ph.D in Ellingtonia through performance, deep study, and spirited conversation with Wynton Marsalis and bandmates through those years. With a front line of modern jazz masters - Brian Lynch, Michael Dease and Diego Rivera, the fiery, modern aesthetic of drummer Karriem Riggins, along with pianist Richard Roe and vocals by Rockelle Fortin, Whitaker celebrates the timelessness of Ellington's works by allowing them to live and breathe through the freewheeling, "cutting session" atmosphere he created for the session.


Track Listing:

1 Cotton Tail 4:17
2 All To Soon 3:41
3 Take the A Train 5:28
4 Just Squeeze Me 7:01
5 Mood Indigo 6:12
6 It Don't Mean a Thing 4:37
7 Harlem Air Shaft 4:22
8 Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me 4:30
9 Perdido 7:00
10 Azure 4:51
11 Come Sunday 6:14
12 Caravan 5:08

All compositions by Duke Ellington, Tempo Music

Performers:

Brian Lynch - Trumpet
Diego Rivera - Tenor Saxophone
Michael Dease - Trombone
Richard Roe - Piano
Rodney Whitaker - Bass
Karriem Riggins - Drums
Kavon Gordon - Drums (11,12)
Rockelle Whitaker - Vocals

Production Info:

Produced by Rodney Whitaker
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Eric Wojahn
at Solid Sound Studio, Ann Arbor, MI
November 19, 24-25, 2017
Jessica D. Cowles Photography
Cover design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of All Too Soon: The Music of Duke Ellington

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Released in time for Ellington's centennial plus 20, Ellington proves how timeless his work was. In the hands of a bass ace that earned his Ellington spurs over 9 years with LCJO, he assembles a murderer's row of contemporary players that bust such smoking moves, Ellington will remain relevant for at least another century. A stone cold master class ...

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