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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Duke meets Sinatra

You would think Duke Ellington meets Sinatra would be brilliant album, right? But "Francis A. and Edward K." sucks.The problem is with the songwritng. For whatever reason, they just did not use great Ellington or Strayhorn songs. Sinatra had better luck with Basie.

Maybe the problem was the title.

Duke had brilliant collaborations with Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. Ella at Duke's Place is a bit disappointing, but ok. Once again, the song selection is weaker than expected.

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