Album #6 – Ellington At Newport
This album has achieved a first during this challenge: the first album in the challenge that I (REALLY!!!) did not like. Maybe it was because I was tired and depressed and was not in the mood for happy music. Maybe it was because this album (the original version) was heavily overdubbed because Ellington was not happy with the direction and quality of the actual Newport recordings. Maybe it was because this album reminded me of watching The Lawrence Welk Show as a kid and those instrumental numbers the band did without the One-anna-two-anna… and the sub-par musicians. Or maybe it was the annoying canned audience noise. Whatever it was, I didn’t like the album. It was extremely boring. I like Jazz immensely. But, I don’t really like Big Bands. I like the Jazz that Miles Davis and John Coltrane did. It was cool how Ellington introduced each song. But, other than that, I was not at all impressed with this album. The fake cheers and applause make this feel more like a rock concert. It is not the Jazz I know and love. There is no heart and soul in this. Ellington is a great musician and I respect him for it. But, after finding and listening to the original 1956 version of this album, I do not see why this album was such a big deal and why he made the cover of Time Magazine. I give it 1 out of 5 stars.
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