Money Jungle

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Deluxe gatefold edition of Money Jungle by pianist Duke Ellington with double bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach.

Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session.
"Money Jungle" is a thunderous opener, a blues that might be classified somewhere between post-bop and avant-garde.
The gem of the date is the fragile, somewhat haunting ballad "Fleurette Africaine," where Mingus' floating bassline and Roach's understated drumming add to the mystique of an Ellington work that has slowly been gathering steam among jazz musicians as a piece worth exploring more often.
"Very Special" is a jaunty upbeat blues, while the angular, descending line of "Wig Wise" also proves to be quite catchy.
Ellington also revisits "Warm Valley" (a lovely ballad indelibly associated with Johnny Hodges) and an almost meditative "Solitude."
Thunderous percussion and wild basslines complement a wilder-than-usual approach to "Caravan." Every jazz fan should own a copy of this sensational recording session.


Money Jungle
Fleurette Africaine
Very Special
Warm Valley
Switch Blade
A Little Max (Parfait)
Wig Wise
Caravan
Solitude
Rem Blues
Backward Country Boy Blues
Format: LP+
Label: DOL
Catalogue numbers: DOL840HG

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Media Condition: Mint (M)
Sleeve Condition: Mint (M)

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