Tuesday Night Music Byte
Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…
Duke Ellington The Far East Suite – “Isfahan” (1967)
Duke Ellington thrived on the road. He wrote songs and scored arrangements in the back seat of a car while traveling from city to city, and was known to make pilgrimages to interesting places while the musicians in his employ slept. Like many composers before him, Ellington let his adventures as a tourist influence his work, writing a series of musical snapshots to celebrate places he’d been. This suite, recorded in 1966 after extensive tours of the Middle East and Asia, is the most invigorating of them. It’s also one of Ellington’s late career high points, a piece that stands among his last great contributions, next to the even more ambitious Sacred Concerts.