Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Private Collection, Vol. 7: Studio Sessions: 1957 & 1962
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Great songs and recording, but....
johnnyqb | United States | 07/27/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For Duke Ellington collectors, well, you have to have this record. Some people may even wish to give it five stars. But I have one big problem with Ellington from this era, and that problem is Paul Gonsalves. It is an unfortunate quirk of jazz history that Gonsalves' solo at Newport revived Duke's career. Apparently, Duke felt he owed Paul big time, because Gonsalves is featured an inordinate amount in Duke's material from this era. The reason that is a problem, is that Gonsalves was just not a very good tenor sax player, or frontman. His solos never go anywhere, and they never feel like they are a part of the music. Gonsalves is always kind of out front on his own. Gonsalves never came close to Johnny Hodges, and the latter sax player should always have been featured during sax parts. If you are a Gonsalves fan, this record will be at the top of your list. But for me, Gonsalves brings the whole thing down to a 3-star rating."