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Duke Ellington: Money Jungle

Money JungleIn the autumn of 1962 three jazz giants—Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Max Roach—met for an album session that has become legendary. (So legendary, in fact, that it’s inspired an audio storyboard). Years later, Roach observed, “We (Roach and Mingus) were supposed to be the hot young guys, but we were scrambling” to keep up with Ellington.

It’s “Money Jungle” this week on Night Lights, airing Saturday, October 8 at 11:05 p.m. on WFIU. We’ll also hear selections from an Ellington piano demo of selections from “The River Suite”, taken from the new Storyville release The Piano Player.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)

Notes: Opening theme.

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Meditation #2
Duke Ellington — The Piano Player (Storyville, 1967)
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Very Special
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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Solitude
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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Fleurette Africaine (African Flower)
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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A Little Max
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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Money Jungle
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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Blues #3
Duke Ellington — The Piano Player (Storyville, 1971)
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Caravan
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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Wigwise
Duke Ellington — Money Jungle (Blue Note, 1962)
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The Spring
Duke Ellington — The Piano Player (Storyville, 1970)

Notes: From THE RIVER ballet suite.

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The Run
Duke Ellington — The Piano Player (Storyville, 1970)
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Single Petal of a Rose
Duke Ellington — The Piano Player (Storyville, 1962)

Notes: From a Dec. 1962 appearance on The Merv Griffin Show.

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Riddle
Duke Ellington — The Piano Player (Storyville, 1971)

Notes: With Wild Bill Davis on organ.

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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Philips, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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