Duke Ellington is one of the famous compositors. The composition “Soda Fountain Rag” is one of the earliest works of Duke. He played this composition in so many different ways that is why some people believed that it was few separate compositions. Taking into account the retrospective, Duke’s formal music career can be divided into three separate masterful periods. And the first period was dated in the year 1923. The second period of the master’s career came between the late thirties and mid-forties. It was the years, when Duke Ellington began to make experiments and reworking with his earlier titles. He reconstructed them into longer forms, accentuating his musician strengths.
During this second period, Duke was so lucky because of some factors. Thanks to the fortune, he could work and learn a lot from musicians who got the career playing in the orchestra of Duke Ellington. The band gained the jazz notoriety from those times when they cooperated with Duke. Barney Bigard, Harry Carney and other musicians worked with Duke. Among them was Jimmy Blanton, who is considered to be the young virtuoso of the stringed bass. Also with the time Ben Webster was added to the sax section.
During this period in Duke’s career the trumpet section comprised such legendary musicians as Cootie Williams and Rex Stewart. Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown and Joe Nanton were the best in trombone section, and Sonny Greer rule the drums section in the famous orchestra. Of course, Duke Ellington was the piano player, who did so much for the band, its development and history. The band was well-known in the world, and its compositions were remained for the first seconds.
In the years which belong to this period of career, Duke Ellington showcased the members of his band in small and short masterpiece. It was three-minute concertos which demonstrated the single soloist who was against the backdrop of the tightly-knit ensemble. There was year 1943, when Duke Ellington began to have and hold annual concerts in Carnegie Hall. It was the time, when his career was at the highest level. The band was well-known and too famous. People were so lucky to visit such concerts with the wonderful and quality music. During this period in their common career as a band, musicians would showcase their longer and so called concert-length compositions. It was the brightest and the most inspiring time for this band of that time.
Duke Ellington is one of the famous compositors. The composition “Soda Fountain Rag” is one of the earliest works of Duke. He played this composition in so many different ways that is why some people believed that it was few separate compositions. Taking into account the retrospective, Duke’s formal music career can be divided into three separate masterful periods.