This LP is one of the best of Duke Ellington's 'concept-projects'. The individual compositions are all inspired by Shakespeare's works, the catchy melodies provide the soloists Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Quentin Jackson ample opportunity for excellent solos. The common compositions of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's consider the soloists like actors who perform scenes and actually play roles cite even text in a certain way - Clark Terry 'plays' the "Puck" in "Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down), "and Johnny Hodges is one of the most passionate performances of his career with" Half the Fun "from" Antony and Cleopatra ".
,, For. the 1957 Columbia album, Such Sweet Thunder "could Ellington and his alter ego Billy Strayhorn, the soloist twelve times as actors slip into Shakespeare scenes. way mimes about, Clark Terry the puck in,, Up and Down," a piece for Ellington as indeed touched everywhere refined timbres. Johnny Hodges, Britt Woodman and other sidemen have great moments in Ellington and Strayhorn's shiny Shakesoeare-lmpressionen. "(Jazzzeitung)