Andre Villeger & Philippe Milanta • For Duke And Paul

Duke Ellington had many sidemen who stayed with him for lengthy periods, topped by baritonist Harry Carney who was part of the Duke Ellington Orchestra for 49 years. Tenor-saxophonist Paul Gonsalves (1920-74), who had gained prior experience as a member of the big bands of Sabby Lewis, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie, was with Ellington for the last 24 years of his life. Gonsalves had a distinctive tone (inspired a bit by Ben Webster but quite individual), a harmonically advanced style, and the ability to play marathon solos. At the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, Ellington turned him loose during the medium-tempo blues interlude between “Diminuendo In Blue” and “Crescendo In Blue.” The 27-chorus solo nearly caused a riot, made headlines around the world, and resulted in Ellington’s career being rejuvenated. Paul Gonsalves was also a warm interpreter of ballads, and it is that side of his musical style that is mostly emphasized on For Duke And Paul, a set of duets featuring tenor-saxophonist Andre Villéger and pianist Philippe Milanta. Villéger started out playing alto, clarinet (performing New Orleans jazz) and soprano before switching to tenor. In his career he has worked with the likes of Bill Coleman, Lionel Hampton, Claude Bolling, Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, and Wynton Marsalis among others. Milanta, in addition to leading his own trio, has performed with many visitin
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Since 1975 Scott Yanow has been a regular reviewer of albums in many jazz styles. He has written for many jazz and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and was the jazz editor for Record Review. He has written an in-depth biography on Dizzy Gillespie for AllMusic.com. He has authored 11 books on jazz, over 900 liner notes for CDs and over 20,000 reviews of jazz recordings.

Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, the Jazz Rag, the New York City Jazz Record and other publications.

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