Mulgrew Miller: Caravan
Mulgrew Miller (piano)
Composed by Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol & Irving Mills.
Recorded: Copenhagen, Denmark, January 15, 1999
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
A full 10 years after its recording, The Duets, produced as a promotional CD for Bang & Olufsen, had still not been released commercially. The music salutes Duke Ellington, with 10 of 12 tunes composed by him. "Caravan" is a dazzling performance as Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen supports pianist Mulgrew Miller with an unbelievable virtuosic ostinato bass figure during the A-parts of the theme. The tempo is fast, making it all the more incredible that every note stands distinct in the sound picture. Throughout, NHØP plays with infectious drive and swing, both as accompanist and as soloist, which inspires Miller to great heights as well. A classic performance.
Reviewer: Frank Bachmann MÃ¸ller