Addressing readers directly--""You ever heard of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his...

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DUKE ELLINGTON

Addressing readers directly--""You ever heard of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?""--the Pinkneys embark on a cool and vibrant tour of Duke Ellington's musical career, from the pool hall ragtime that ""set Duke's fingers to wiggling,"" to his 1943 Carnegie Hall concert, also giving some of the soloists that played with him, and songwriter Billy Strayhorn, a chance to step forward. Translated into color and visual forms, music floats and swirls through the scratchboard scenes, curling out of an antique radio, setting dancers to ""cuttin' the rug"" at the elegant Cotton Club and, of course, trailing behind an ""A"" train. Like Chris Raschka's solos, Charlie Parker Played Be-Bop (1992) and Mysterious Thelonius (1997), this loving tribute temptingly evokes the sound and spirit of a jazz pioneer.

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Hyperion

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1998