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Volume II, Issue 45
May 3 - May 10, 1999  

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Stompy Jones [2]
Celebrating the 100-year anniversary of jazz master Duke Ellington's birth.
— Raoul Hernandez, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Beginning to See the Light [3]
Adventures in booking Duke Ellington in the late Sixties and early Seventies show how you don't know what you've got till it's gone.
— Jay Trachtenberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Day Dream [4]
Jazz trumpeter Martin Banks talks about his years playing with the Duke.
— Christopher Hess, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Desert Island Ellington [5]
Some favorites.
— Jay Trachtenberg, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Duke Ellington: The Complete RCA/Victor Recordings [6]
Tackling the 24-CD career retrospective.
Digital Duke: Best of the Rest [7]
A primer for Ellington's catalog.

Mini Reviews
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Rhythm and Views [13]

  • Cassandra Wilson
  • "Mod Squad" soundtrack
Now What? [14]
If you go gaga over the sultry smoothness of a symphonic glissando, just wait till you experience our transitions to cool and useful music links on the Web.


I magine a sound that encompasses all sounds, all experience. A sound that originates in Africa and surfaces on these shores years later. The sound of humanity clinging to life. The sound of the deepest pain balanced with the deepest faith, hope, and ultimately happiness. The sound of the human experience. The sound of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.

Now imagine that we've got a big package marking the 100th anniversary of the Duke's birth, including a historic sketch, a personal remembrance, an interview with a former band member, a selection of favorites, and reviews of Ellington's RCA/Victor recordings and the rest of his catalog.

As if that's not enough for one week, we're also offering profiles of Isaac Hayes, Laura Love, the Lonesome Organist, and more.

Artist Profiles
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Soul Deep [8]
Isaac Hayes has been proving people wrong for the last 35 years. No doubt he'll continue to.
— Bill Friskics-Warren, NASHVILLE SCENE
All You Need Is Love [9]
The vibrant music of leading bass player Laura Love is an extension of a rare and gentle spirit.
Two's A Crowd [10]
The Lonesome Organist updates the one-man band.
— Dave Chamberlain, NEWCITY CHICAGO
Soundbites [11]
It's kind of refreshing to come across someone who actually presents himself as an irony-free, contemporary folk-pop artist.
— Stephen Seigel, TUCSON WEEKLY
Major Minor [12]
Young Billy Contreras plays with some heavy-hitters; Hip-O's new Excello reissues.

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