A WONDERFUL ORCHESTRAL ALBUM WHICH RECEIVED A FIVE-STAR RATING ON DOWN BEAT !
INCLUDES 1 BONUS TRACK
DUKE ELLINGTON & His Orchestra
Cat Anderson, Harold "Shorty" Baker, Fats Ford, Willie Cook, Clark Terry (tp)
Ray Nance (tp, vln, vcl), Quentin Jackson (tb, bass on A3-A5 only)
Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts)
Russell Procope (cl, as), Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts)
Harry Carney (bar, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Joe Benjamin (b on B1 only)
Jimmy Woode (b on A1-A2, A6 & B2-B6), Sam Woodyard, Jimmy Johnson (d).
New York, September 8, 1959.
Note: Jimmy Woode arrived late to the session and Quentin Jackson played bass instead of trombone on the three parts of “Duel Fuel”, the first tunes of the date. Joe Benjamin was called as a replacement and played bass on B1. Then Woode showed up and played on the rest of the tunes.
1 PERDIDO (Juan Tizol-Duke Ellington-H. J. Lengsfelder-Ervin Drake) 4:37
2 COPOUT EXTENSION (Duke Ellington) 8:20
3 DUEL FUEL –Part I (Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 2:45
4 DUEL FUEL –Part II (Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 1:43
5 DUEL FUEL –Part III (Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 6:18
6 V.I.P.’S BOOGIE (Duke Ellington) 2:58*
1 IDIOM ’59 –Part I [Vapor] (Duke Ellington) 2:03
2 IDIOM ’59 –Part II (Duke Ellington) 4:36
3 IDIOM ’59 –Part III (Duke Ellington) 7:07
4 THINGS AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE (Mercer Ellington-Ted Parsons) 3:01
5 LAUNCHING PAD (Duke Ellington) 7:37
6 JAM WITH SAM (Duke Ellington) 3:17*
*Bonus tracks: from the same session, not on the original LP.
Down Beat original review: Festival Session
“What a wonderfully powerful yet subtle instrument is the Ellington band. In this release, it kicks its way through part of the 1959 summer’s festival material. The moods range from thundering jubilation through pixyish humor and satire to quiet reflection. By all means, listen to this.” (Don De Michael)