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Jazz Legends: Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Money Johnson | Harry Carney | Barry Lee Hall | John Coles | Mercer Ellington | Vince Prudente | Art Baron | Chuck Connors | Russell Procope | Harold Minerve | Percy Marion | Paul Gonsalves | Harold Ashby | Joe Benjamin | Quintin White | Anita Moore | Tony Watkins

There was probably no other artist, who was involved creatively in so many stages of the development of Jazz music as Duke Ellington. His sonic individuality originated in his peculiar style of composing and arranging, in which he was interweaving the individual musical phrasing of his soloists with his compositions and arrangements. That is why there are no two Duke Ellington concerts that sound the same, even though he often resorted to Jazz standards, many of which even were the Duke’s very own compositions, like the C Jam Blues, Caravan, Blem and Mood Indigo on this recording. This 1973 concert from Marni Theatre Brussels coincides with Ellington’s most extensive touring period in Europe. Among the soloists are Money Johnson on trumpet, Paul Gonsalves on saxophone and Joe Benjamin on bass as well as many others that make this recording another gem in the Duke’s discography and a must-have for fans.

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1. The C Jam Blues (Duke Ellington)
2. Take the A Train (Billy Strayhorn)
3. Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington)
4. Caravan (Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills)
5. In Duplicate (Duke Ellington)
6. New York, New York, featuring Anita Moore (Duke Ellington)
7. Blem (Duke Ellington)
8. Chinoiserie (Duke Ellington)
9. Mecuria, the Lion (Duke Ellington)
10. Medley: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell), Mood Indigo (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills), I’m Beginning to See the Light (Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges, Harry James), Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish)
11. Somebody Cares (Duke Ellington)

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