Duke Ellington – his music is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for musicians of all styles and generations. That same goes for All Ellington, a tentet featuring musicians from the flourishing Amsterdam improv scene who are ‘excellent melodists and magnificent sound blenders’, according to founding member Eric Boeren. They tackle Ellington arrangements by various band members.
In All Ellington, respect for the original compositions goes hand in hand with individuality and inventiveness, much in the spirit of Ellington’s orchestra back in the day. The expanding All Ellington repertory contains big hits as well as lesser-known gems. The eponymous first album of the group, which appeared earlier this year, received great reviews in the international media.
‘When Eric Boeren assembles a cast of musicians to play the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn you know it won’t be your father’s Ellington. Well, unless your father is very, very hip’ (All About Jazz).
‘They make the music their own. Dynamics and density are conscientiously varied, and relations are in flux’ (Point of Departure).
‘All Ellington captures the essence of strong jazz and improv and makes it tangible. Jazz is experiencing wonderful times and it is great to see that The Netherlands are making a valuable contribution to the international scene’ (de Volkskrant, from a review of All Ellington at North Sea Jazz Festival).
Jodi Gilbert vocals, Eric Boeren cornet, Jimmy Sernesky trumpet, Joost Buis trombone, Mo van der Does alto sax/clarinet, Natalio Sued tenor sax/clarinet, Giuseppe Doronzo bariton sax/bass clarinet, Oscar Jan Hoogland piano, Wilbert de Joode bass, Frank Rosaly drums