The great Jazz Musician Duke Ellington had a career that already started in the 1930's and while it went on until his death in 1974, as of the 1950's new musical trends began to compete with Ellington and his popularity dipped.
In the New York Review of Books podcast Geoffrey O'Brien talks with Chris Carroll about Duke Ellington's mid-career crisis and stunning comeback, revisiting his often-overlooked albums of the 1960s and 1970s. Caroll gives a lively account of how Ellington underwent the crisis and struggled to find a way out. He plays splendid audio fragments to illustrate the new musical compositions Ellington came up with and induces a great appreciation of the later Ellington sound. (feed)
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