Big Bands Live: Duke Ellington



This outstandingly clear recording captures the Duke’s band live in performance in Germany in March, 1967. The music is anything but the usual Ellington concert fare. Many of the songs, like “Knob Hill”, “The Shepherd” and “Swamp Goo” are obscure even to more seriously devoted Ellingtonians. The players, however, including Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, and Cootie Williams, are known quantities and play brilliantly, as always. Total Time: 45 minutes

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