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The Intimate Duke Ellington
The Intimate Duke Ellington
Actors: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2003     0hr 57min

Duke Ellington's fifty year career was full of accomplishments as a highly original pianist, arranger, prolific composer and leader of a timeless orchestra. On occasion he recorded with a small group from his orchestra or ...  more »


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Actors: Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Ellington, Duke, Jazz, Television, Classical, Documentary
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/17/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1967
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1967
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 57min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Watching Duke Ellington is a sublime experience
Manuel Pila | Miami, florida United States | 06/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From the first note, you know you are in the hands of a master musician. What a treat to watch Ellington's ever-changing facial expressions as he plays some of the greatest jazz compositions ever written and leads a small version of his orchestra through a mix of rare gems and popular favorites! Though this remarkable 1967 performance on Danish television is more than 30 years old, Duke's music comes across as fresh, hip, inspired and thoroughly modern. There are plenty of moments of deep emotion and exultation that make the Intimate Ellington a joy to watch; just catch Ellington's huge, infectious grin after performing Take the A Train. You can see him pushing the boundaries of these songs, searching for new interpretations, and his restless imagination is in full effect throughout both performances. I found myself laughing out loud one moment and nearly reduced to tears the next. This DVD is a major thrill for jazz fans and an important historical record of the great Ellington during the late 60s, an era that is acknowledged as one of his most creative and risk-taking periods. I cannot overstate the musical and historical value of this dvd. To paraphrase Duke, I loved it madly."
How Amazing is Duke!
K. Pruiett | Shawnee, OK | 07/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD is an amazing display of what Duke and a few of his best known sidemen can do. Absolutely fabulous video that features the specialties of some of the best jazz musicians in history! Buy it now, and be happy later!"
Exemplary Duke
Steven Bergdall | Bloomington, IN USA | 10/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Speaking from the perspective of a musician, this might be the best jazz DVD I've ever seen. The camera work is certainly more than satisfactory, and Duke's performances (especially in the solo/duo/trio session) are outstanding. I would go so far as to say that these performances deserve to be better known.

Duke was probably my first influence as a jazz pianist, and I still learn a lot of lessons whenever I hear or see him play. The music on this DVD is entertaining to watch, but it also bears repeated careful listening."