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Graham Reynolds and the Golden Arm Trio: Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington

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Updating any composer’s work for a modern audience can be a tricky proposition, requiring equal parts ability, love, and chutzpah. This goes double when you’re treading on the sacred ground of one of the most influential figures of American music: the legacy of Duke Ellington.

Pianist and composer Graham Reynolds does showcase all three of those necessary elements – he’s a fantastic player that adds a muscular edge to the rich tones he pulls out of his instrument, someone who knows these Ellington songs inside and out, and has proved himself capable of stretching all manner of sonic boundaries through his scores for theater and film, and in his own often stunning work leading his Golden Arm Trio.

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