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September 6, 2013

TT: Here we go

The October issue of Essence, now on newsstands, contains a very nice review of Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington--the first to appear in a mainstream media publication.

Here's the gist:

A thoroughly researched homage to this complex genius....Teachout exhaustively explores Ellington's influence as one of the greatest composers in any genre. Like a detective, The Wall Street Journal critic pieces together clues to discover the private Duke. Given Ellington's enigmatic persona, this is no easy feat. However, Teachout delivers a Duke unlike any we've seen in previous biographies. Here Ellington is both loyal and self-centered. He has conflicted relationsips with women. At last, Teachout affirms that music was Ellington's greatest mistress--and to her, the composer was unrelentingly loyal.

Yay!

Posted September 6, 2013 3:58 PM

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