Friday, January 15, 2010
Entering an Old but New World
Duke Ellington's music, as performed by his orchestra, is so large, so refined, so warm, so fascinating, so painfully beautiful at times. I am just a neophyte to it all, since my love of jazz has been mostly limited to smaller groups, trios, quartets, quintets, and so on. But an entire orchestra, led by the Duke, at full throttle, simply is "beyond category." I thank God for this gift of aesthetic goodness.