Working with Duke

Gwen Terry

in Clark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268463
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949782 | DOI:
Working with Duke

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This chapter describes Clark Terry's association with Duke Ellington's band and his experience of working with Duke. Duke made Clark understand the importance of listening to the totality of music. Clark also came to understand the importance of each section to the total piece, especially one's own section, and the contribution of one's own section, contrapuntally to the other sections. Dreams of having his own big band stayed in Clark's mind. During the eight years he spent with Duke, they recorded several concerts. It was in the August of 1954 that Clark got a chance to be a part of Dinah Washington's record date, the album of which, came out as Dinah Jams. As Clark describes, Duke seemed pleased with him most of the time. But the most difficult task that he had to master was learning what Duke's limits of tolerance were with him, where one was not supposed to cross the “limit line”.

Keywords: Clark Terry; Duke Ellington; totality; Dinah Jams; limit line

Chapter.  1790 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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