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RE: Stick to geniuses.

"Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus."

Great list. The only one of those geniuses I could never get into is Duke Ellington. To this day, I remain mystified as to why is he so revered as a jazz genius. True, he was very prolific, but most of his tunes sound to me half-baked. Some of his pieces are even overly ambitious to the point of sounding contrived. Can someone enlighten me?


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