Sunday, December 25, 2011

Duke's Nutcracker

  Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's inspired arrangement of Tchaikovsy's Nutcracker Suite is my personal holiday favorite.  Here is the Overture faithfully performed by Wynton Marsalis' Lincon Center Jazz Orchestra in 2001.  The original (Duke's not Pyotr's) from 1960 can be found on an album entitled "Three Suites."


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