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The Barrie Lee Hall Jr. Duke Ellington Small Band by Barrie Hall (Duke Ellington Small Band)

This weekend, I was invited to an album release party. I must admit it was my first time attending a function like this but I had to bite since I love jazz so much. The artist was Barrie Lee Hall and he played with the Duke Ellington’s Small Band. I could not believe my ears listening to this group perform it was unbelievable! No doubt, the concert was sold-out and the CD’s were sold after the performance. I sat in the car with my friend listening to the CD and wanted to give my input. I will be purchasing more to give away as gifts to my teachers as soon as I find out more information on where to find this gem. I am impressed by the way this band performed. The music is classic/traditional big band jazz for the true jazz enthusiast who appreciate the sounds of yesteryear with the original Duke Ellington’s Orchestra I think everyone should at least give the CD a try. I can't never get enough of the plunger and the variety of sounds come from an obvious group of people who enjoy working together. Just by listening to the song once I think my favorite is "Stand by Me" (an old hymn.) The concert was awesome, and the CD is even better. I think that Duke Ellington himself would be proud of this album.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Barrie Hall (Duke Ellington Small Band)
  • CD Title: The Barrie Lee Hall Jr. Duke Ellington Small Band
  • Genre: Big Band / Swing
  • Year Released: 2006
  • Record Label: M & N Records
  • Musicians: Barrie Lee Hall Jr. - Trumpet Shelley Carrol- Tenor and Soprano Saxophone   Charlie Young- Alto Saxophone   Robert Landham- Baritone Saxophone   Dion Tucker- Trombone   Tommy James- Piano   Hassan Shakur- Bass   Quentin “Rock” White – Drums
  • Rating: Five Stars
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