Duke Ellington
70th Birthday Concert

  2 x LP   180grs     

2007 UK exclusive limited 180g 2LP set-live LP recorded live in Manchester & Bristol in 1969, this legendary concert captures one of the final lineups of Ellingtons touring band performing a retrospective program that touches on all eras and styles o...

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Release date 17-06-2007 (originally released in 1970)

2007 UK exclusive limited edition 17track 2LP set,pressed on Audiophile 180gram Virgin VINYL and mastered from the original mono tapes.  live LP recorded live in Manchester & Bristol in 1969, this legendary concert captures one of the final lineups of Ellington's touring band performing a retrospective program that touches on all eras and styles of the composers long and prolific career. Included here is everything, from timeless early Cotton Club classics like Rockin in Rhythm, to later more complex compositions like Black Swan. presented in a sealed & stickered gatefold picture sleeve.

Tracks
01 Rockin In Rhythm
02 BP
03 Take the A Train
04 Tootie For Cootie
05 430 Blues
06 El Gato
07 Black Butterfly
08 Things Aint What They Used To Be
09 Laying On Mellow
10 Satin Doll
11 Azure
12 In Triplicate
13 Perdido
14 Fifi
15 Medley
16 Black Swan
17 Closing Speech End Of Concert

Recorded at Manchester Englands Free Trade Hall on November 26 1969 actually almost seven months after Duke Ellingtons 70th birthday
This double LP that ranks as one of Duke Ellingtons finest recordings of his final decade The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Dukes ensemble sounded in concert and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellingtons mighty band Among the many highlights are definitive renditions of Rockin in Rhythm and Take the A Train the latter has some wonderful Cootie Williams trumpet a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges a tenor battle on In Triplicate a few guest spots for organist Wild Bill Davis and a 16andahalfminute ninesong medley that really works well The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible highnote display by Cat Anderson on Satin Doll that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpet and is in tune too This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections

Discs: 2
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Label: Pure Pleasure Records
Originally released: 1970
This release: 2007
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