Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue Marks 50th Anniversary
of Release of Historic Ellington-Mingus-Roach Recording
Featuring Gerald Clayton and Christian McBride, with guests
Clark Terry, Lizz Wright, Herbie Hancock and Others
In 1962, Duke Ellington recorded a trio date with bassist Charlie Mingus and drummer Max Roach that is today considered one of the pivotal jazz recordings of the 1960s. Money Jungle, the 1963 album that emerged from the session, was – among other things – a commentary on the perennial tug-of-war between art and commerce. In some ways, the album’s 11 tracks were intended as a sort of counterbalance to the capitalist bent of the Mad Men generation.
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