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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Blues Suite

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
06/18/2009
Artist
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
CD Baby

Blues Suite is the ballet that launched the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on March 30, 1958 in the now-famous performance at Manhattan's 92nd Street Y. Alvin Ailey was just 27 years old, and Blues Suite was only his sixth choreographed ballet. In Blues Suite, In Blues Suite, a cast of vividly-drawn characters from the barrelhouses and fields of Ailey's childhood in southern Texas gather to dance and revel through one long, sultry night. The ballet vividly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that Ailey called "hymns to the secular regions of the soul." As Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater explains, "The African-American cultural expression of the blues is intrinsic to the dance." The music presented here is the original soundtrack, sung by Brother John Sellers, who Jamison recalls, "was the 'engine' of the ballet. His achingly beautiful, throaty voice made you understand what having the blues was all about."

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1) Something Strange
2) Good Morning Blues
3) I Cried
4) Mean Ol' Frisco
5) House of the Rising Sun
6) Backwater Blues
7) In the Evening
8) Yancey Special
9) Slow Drag (Going to Chicago)
10) Sham
11) Good Morning Blues (Reprise)

Album
Blues Suite
Main Format
CD
Keyword Index
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