Duke Ellington’s contribution to twentieth-century music cannot be overstated. Between his prolific output as a composer, his keen sense of arranging specifically for intended persons, and his charisma as a bandleader, Ellington has influenced generations of people around the world. Though his best-known titles are revisited the most, the majority of Ellington’s expansive body of work remains unheard. Candice Hoyes, in her debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, seeks to rectify this by unearthing lesser-known Ellington compositions and arrangements written for classically-trained vocalists in jazz, such as Alice Babs and Kay Davis. Read the full article here.