"A thoroughly researched homage...Teachout delivers a Duke unlike any we've seen in previous biographies...At last, Teachout affirms that music was Ellington's greatest mistress - and to her, the composer was unrelentingly loyal."
"Comprehensive and well-researched...important....[an] entertaining and valuable biography."
--"Booklist", Starred Review
"Teachout gives much insight into Ellington's life, personality, working habits, and compositions. This work should appeal to Ellington enthusiasts as well as casual jazz fans."
"Revealing...Teachout neatly balances colorful anecdote with shrewd character assessments and musicological analysis, and he manages to debunk Ellington's self-mythologizing, while preserving his stature as the man who caught jazz's ephemeral genius in a bottle."
"Terry Teachout's biography is destined to be the definitive biography of bandleader, composer, and complex man--Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington."
--"The American Rag"
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