release date: 18.06.2021 via Capri Records
“Mark Masters is an accomplished arranger who comes up with hip, unusual ideas for jazz concerts and recordings.” – Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes
“Masters paints complex, intricate, detailed jazz landscapes, and he has always invited some of the most adventurous and innovative players into his ensemble.”
– Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Featuring veteran trombonist Art Baron, the last trombonist hired by Ellington himself in 1973, the album presents arranger/bandleader Masters‘ fresh, contemporary re-interpretations of Ellington’s iconic 1940-1942 work, when his orchestra featured bassist Jimmie Blanton and tenor sax master Ben Webster.