Live in Warsaw, October 30Th, 1971
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This release presents Ellington's 1971 performance in Warsaw for the first time in CD. The program was typical of Duke, including new tunes as well as all-time favourites, and ending with a marvellous duet by Duke and bassist Joe Benjamin on Billy Strayhorn's Lotus Blossom.
As a bonus, a 1958 live set by the Duke at an Air Force dance date. With the exception of Blues in Orbit and Caravan, all of these tunes also appear here on CD for the first time ever.
DUKE ELLINGTON & His Orchestra: Cootie Williams (tp, vcl), Mercer Ellington, Johnny Coles, Eddie Preston (tp), Harold “Money” Johnson (tp, vcl on 4 only), Malcolm Taylor, Chuck Connors, Booty Wood (tb), Russell Procope (as, cl), Harold “Geezil” Minerve (as, fl, pic), Norris Turney (as, ts, cl, fl), Harold Ashby (ts, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bar, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Rufus Jones (d), Nell Brookshire (vcl on 6 only). Congress Hall, Warsaw, Poland, October 30, 1971.
[11-19] bonus tracks: Harold “Shorty” Baker, Clark Terry (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vcl), Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Bill Graham (as, ts, bs), Russell Procope (as, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Jimmy Woode (b), Sam Woodyard (d). Travis Air Force Base, Suisun City, CA, March 4, 1958.
01. I'm Beginning To See The Light
03.Things Ain't What They Used To Be
04. Hello Dolly
05. La Plus Belle Africaine
06. Everybody Wants To Know
07. Medley: Sophisticated Lady/Caravan
08. Satin Doll
10. Lotus Blossom
13. Frivolous Banta
14. Just Scratchin' The Surfac
15. Blues In Orbit
17. Beer Barrel Polka
Total Time: 76:00