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The Ellington Century by David Schiff
The Ellington Century

books, March 8, 2012

Is there something about the century other than its music in the title choice? Is "Ellington Century" a metaphor for social history of 20th century, at same time it is a study of Ellington's music? Much went right in 20th century, such as his music, but where "voice" was not clear in music, nor clear in social policy, so much went wrong--or was painfully tolerated. Does Schiff chose this title because, except for results of rare clarity, 20th century was a series of accidents?
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