From Kevin Whitehead's liner notes: "Few missions in jazz are as perilous as re-arranging Duke Ellington tunes: you're gonna do a better job of setting those jewels than he did? With the palette of distinctive voices he had to work with? [...] For Ab Baars, Kinda Dukish is sequel to previous albums in which his trio tackled pieces by clarinetist John Carter (A Free Step), and many and varied Native American chants, tunes and games. [...] "I was very happy with the results of the Carter and Indians programs," Baars says, "because I was able to give a personal touch to material written by others. I felt confident the trio could transform even such strong and well known material as Ellington's. For a long time I searched for pieces that had an open feel to them, pieces I could break up, rebuild or change. As I got deeper into it, it was inspiring to realize that Ellington himself applied this process to almost every composition." Indeed, in the 1950s, Ellington devoted a lot of time to remaking his early three-minute masterworks for the new long-player format. Concise oldies were stretched out, and sometimes given episodic treatments that might reflect the input of several arrangers, in or out of the band. "Kinda Perdido" incorporates quasi-improvised choruses bandmembers Jimmy Hamilton and Clark Terry wrote out back then, which turned up in various Ellington versions thereafter. "
1. Kinda Solitude (Solitude) 4.24
2. Kinda Lafitte (Aristocracy à la Jean Lafitte) 4.59
3. Kinda Bear (Jack the Bear) 5.24
4. Kinda Caravan (Caravan) 6.19
5. Kinda Gentle (Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool) 5.47
6. Kinda Half (Half the Fun) 7.13
7. Kinda Harlem (Drop Me Off in Harlem) 3.21
8. Kinda Braud (Portrait of Wellman Braud) 3.36
9. Kinda Prelude (Prelude to a Kiss) 5.10
10. Kinda Perdido (Perdido) 6.45
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