Pat Thomas – Plays Duke Ellington

Pleased to present the full recording of Pat Thomas' moving tribute to Duke Ellington on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of his birth. According to Thomas, Ellington "never stopped discovering, never played the same tune in exactly the same way twice", and the same could be said here. The tunes are all there, but they emerge unpredictably, warped and hammered through the body of the piano in Pats own way. The second set was an hour long, with Pat rolling through 'Rockin’ in Rhythm', 'Isfahan' and 'In a Sentimental Mood' in a collage of heavy harmonics, serious swing and a wicked appreciation for exploration. An absolute pleasure to be in the room for this one, and tremendously happy to share the recording. 

"Deconstructing and reconstructing as part of the interpretative process is second nature to Thomas. The obvious is kept at his arm’s length so from tangential start points, unforgettable melodies would creep back to plant flags firmly in the ground." - London Jazz News

Tracklisting:

1.
Prelude to a Kiss
Solitude
Take the Coltrane
Sophisticated Lady
Satin Doll
Serenade to Sweden

2.
Rockin’ in Rhythm
Mood Indigo
Isfahan
In a Sentimental Mood
I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
Heaven
Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Day Dream
Come Sunday
Caravan