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Portrait of a Silk Thread: Newly Discovered Works of Billy Strayhorn

  • 1. Blue Star
    2. Bagatelle
    3. Love Has Passed Me by Again
    4. Sacre Supreme, Le
    5. Portrait of a Silk Thread
    6. Tonk
    7. Wounded Love
    8. Cashmere Cutie
    9. Lana Turner
    10. Pentonsilic
    11. Lament for an Orchid
    12. Hues, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 70089

  • Credits
    ProducerDick Kuijs
    EngineerJurgen Verroen

    Dutch Jazz Orchestra includes: Jerry Van Rooyen (leader); Marjorie Barnes (vocals); Albert Beltman (alto saxophone); Toon Roos (tenor saxophone); Nils Van Haften (baritone saxophone); Ack Van Rooyen (flugelhorn); Martijn Sohier (trombone); John Ruocco (clarinet); Rob Van Bavel (piano).
    The Dutch Jazz Orchestra Group: Jerry Van Rooijen (vocals); Albert Beltman, Hans Meijdam (alto); Toon Roos, Ab Schaap (tenor); Nils Van Haften (baritone); Ack Van Rooijen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Martin Sohier (trombone); Frans Van Der Hoeven (bass instrument); Eric Ineke, Ilja Reijngoud, Mike Booth, Rob Van Bavel, John Ruocco, Jan Oosthof, Ruud Breuls, Peter Van Soest, Erik Veldkamp, Hansjorg Fink.
    Personnel: Marjorie Barnes (vocals); Albert Beltman (clarinet, alto saxophone); John Ruocco (clarinet); Nils Van Haften (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Hans Meijdam (alto saxophone); Toon Roos, Ab Schaap (tenor saxophone); Ack Van Rooijen (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mike Booth, Jan Oosthof, Ruud Breuls, Peter Van Soest, Erik Veldkamp (trumpet); Hans-Jorg Vink, Ilja Reijngoud, Martijn Sohier, Hansjorg Fink (trombone); Rob Madna, Rob Van Bavel (piano); Eric Ineke (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jurgen Verroen.
    Liner Note Author: Walter Van de Keur.
    Recording information: NCRV Studio 1, Hilversum, The Netherlands (01/06/1995-01/08/1995).
    Director: Albert Beltman.
    Editor: Marcel Booij.
    This is a historically significant CD for it features the Dutch Jazz Orchestra performing a dozen Billy Strayhorn numbers, including eight that 28 years after the composer's death were finally receiving their world premiere recording. The 16-piece big band does not attempt to sound like Duke Ellington's Orchestra but there are strong hints of Duke's ensemble in the arrangements. The quality of the music is consistently high, the soloists are respectful but creative to Strayhorn's recently discovered pieces and the overall results are quite memorable. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (12/95, p.71) - 4 Stars - (out of 5) - "...The ace orchestra, full of vital lesser knowns, maintains an allegiance to the composer's intent..."
    JazzTimes (10/96, p.86) - "...the 17-man Dutch Jazz Orchestra remain faithful to each note penned by Duke's `alter ego.'"
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