Suite Ellington CD
Celebrating the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn:
Ed Neumeister, Pao Records and Universal Music Group release Suite Ellington, celebrating the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn, November 29th 2015.
The Suite Ellington project began in 1999 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Duke Ellington. 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Billy Strayhorn (November 29th) and the release of Ed’s latest album, Suite Ellington. Featuring: Billy Drewes (clarinet and alto sax, Jim Rotondi (trumpet), Jeff Ballard (drums), Peter Herbert (bass) and the late great Austrian pianist Fritz Pauer, whom the CD is dedicated.
Included are lesser known pieces from some of Duke’s and Billy Strayhorn’s extended Suites, including the complete Queens Suite (1959), DEPK from the Far East Suite (1966) Come Sunday from Black Brown & Beige (1958) and the Juan Tizol classic Caravan (1936). All arranged by Ed for sextet.
Have a listen here.