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My Ellington

by AKI TAKASE piano solo

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The Mooche 06:37
Solitude 06:26
Caravan 07:10
Battle Royal 03:17


Intakt CD 213

Aki Takase's phenomenal technique and her talent for improvisation is well known, as is her love for the jazz classics. She has already paid tribute to Fats Waller and recorded with saxophonist Silke Eberhard an "Ornette Coleman Anthology". Now she takes a close look at the arguably most influential jazz pianist of the jazz tradition: Duke Ellington.

Aki Takase examines Ellington's playing from numerous angles throughout the album and within each track. Rather than quote or paraphrase Ellington compositions to contextualize this idea, Takase concentrates on the building blocks of his piano vocabulary – the articulations, voicings and devices that convey colors and fragrances. As a result, she sets a wealth of stylistic markers afloat, untethered to an Ellington composition, where they can be heard anew. Bill Shoemaker writes in the liner notes: "What cannot be overstated is Takase's depth of feeling here and throughout My Ellington; it is something rare and profound."



released April 7, 2013

Aki Takase: Piano

1. The Mooche
2. A Little Max (Parfait)
3. Solitude 6 : 26
4. In a Mellow Tone – Do Nothing till You Hear from Me
5. Caravan
6. Lotus Pond. Dedicated to D. E. (by Aki Takase)
7. Love You Madly – I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
8. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
9. Take the Coltrane
10. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
11. Fleurette Africaine
12. Battle Royal
13. Ad Lib on Nippon

Compositions by Duke Ellington except «Lotus Pond» by Aki Takase. Recorded April 16, 17, 2012, by Kulturradio vom Rundfunk Berlin Brandenburg. Sound supervisor: Wolfgang Hoff. Sound engineer: Nikolaus Löwe. Digital cut and mastering: Anne-Kristin Sölter. Radio producer: Ulf Drechsel. Liner notes: Bill Shoemaker. Photo: Norbert Guthier. Cover art and graphic design: Jonas Schoder. Produced by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt.


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