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To celebrate the 40’th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s heritage, Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra and Mercedes Ellington presented the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert on October 1st, 2014 in the church of Madeleine – Paris.

The Duke Orchestra, its great soloists and vocalists brought together by Laurent Mignard, are among the only artists in the world with the knowledge and the ability to pass it on. Period. – Claude Carrière

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More than 1.200 people were united in the same fervor by the dream-team of the Duke Orchestra, Mercedes Ellington, the vocalists Emmanuel Pi Djob, Nicolle Rochelle and Sylvia Howard, the tap dancer Fabien Ruiz and more than 120 chorists.

Duke Ellington is alive and well through his Sacred Concert Music as painstakingly produced and transcribed by Maestro Mignard and the Duke Orchestra. My grandfather always maintained that the Sacred Concert Music was his most important work and he would be quite pleased to see the magic of M. Mignard’s baton. – Mercedes Ellington

… that this supremely original, irresistibly powerful and tarnishproof music, timeless and beyond fashion, is absolutely universal. The Duke Orchestra, its great soloists and vocalists brought together by Laurent Mignard, are among the only artists in the world with the knowledge and the ability to pass it on. Period. – Claude Carrière

TRACKLIST

CD
1. Praise God – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’40
2. Tell Me It’s The Truth – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 2’48
3. Come Sunday – Edward Kennedy Ellington (Tempo Music) 4’18
4. In The Beginning God – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 18’52
5. Almighty God / Choral – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’40
6. The Shepherd – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 7’01
7. Heaven – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 5’15
8. It’s Freedom – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 12’14
9. Meditation – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’49
10. Every Man Prays… Mercedes Ellington 0’11
11. The Lord’s Prayer – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’21
12. Praise God And Dance – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 11’57

DVD
Praise God – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’41
2. A Glimpse Of God – Mercedes Ellington 0’19
3. Something About Believing – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 7’54
4. Reading The Bible – Mercedes Ellington 0’47
5. In The Beginning God – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 19’05
6. Almighty God / Choral – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 6’15
7. Pastor John G.Gensel – Mercedes Ellington 1’12
8. The Shepherd – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 7’01
9. Optimism – Mercedes Ellington 0’36
10. Tell Me It’s The Truth – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 2’45
11. Come Sunday – Edward Kennedy Ellington (Tempo Music) 4’18
12. Every Man Prays… – Mercedes Ellington 0’13
13. The Lord’s Prayer – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’21
14. Heaven – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 5’15
15. It’s Freedom – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 12’30
16. Communication – Mercedes Ellington 0’27
17. Meditation – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 3’52
18. David Danced Before The Lord – Edward Kennedy Ellington (Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd) 6’57
19. Love – Mercedes Ellington 0’45
20. Is God a Three Letter Word For Love? – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 5’45
21. Mistakes – Mercedes Ellington 0’30
22. Father Forgive – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 4’08
23. Praise God And Dance – Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) 12’45

CREDITS

Laurent Mignard Duke Orchestra
Didier Desbois (as, cl)
Aurélie Tropez (as,cl)
Olivier Defaÿs (ts)
Carl Schlosser (ts, fl)
Philippe Chagne (bar,bcl)
Claude Egea (tp)
Sylvain Gontard (tp)
Jérôme Etcheberry (tp)
Richard Blanchet (tp)
Fidel Fourneyron (tb)
Michaël Ballue (tb)
Jerry Edwards (tb)
Philippe Milanta (p)
Bruno Rousselet (b)
Julie Saury (d)
Laurent Mignard (dir)

Guests
Mercedes Ellington (speaker)
Emmanuel Pi Djob (voc)
Nicolle Rochelle (voc)
Sylvia Howard (voc)
Fabien Ruiz (tap dance)

Les Voix en Mouvement
Estelle Andrea, Anne-Sophie Durand, Elise Deuve, Magali Palies, Elise Beckers, Estelle Corre, Johan Viau, Jean-Christophe Rosaz, David Baconnet, Benoît Riou, Thomas Epstein, Nicolas Certenais, Michel Podolak (dir)

Choeurs
Gospel attitude Mantes-la-Jolie (dir. Jacky Weber)
White Spirit Viroflay (dir. Magali Lange)
Choeur de La Celle-Saint-Cloud (dir. Bruno Bourrier)
Choeur de SAGE (dir. Jérôme Boudin-Chauzel)


All compositions: Edward Kennedy Ellington (United Artists Music Ltd) except Come Sunday (Tempo Music) and David Danced Before The Lord (Campbell Connelly & Co Ltd)

Director and Executive Producer : Laurent Mignard

Recorded live and mixed by Bruno Minisini | October 1st, 2014 | Église de la Madeleine (Paris | France)
Mixed by Bruno Minisini
Mastered HD by François Terrazzoni | Studio Parelies
Vidéo by Laurent Lukic et Clotilde Arnaud | Colombe Production
Photos by Pascal Bouclier
Design : Alexandre Pichon

Production : Duke Festival & L’Agence Musicale
Release date : 18-05-2015