Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Long considered a "minor work" in the Ellington catalog, this reissue (with 10 bonus tracks!) demands that this live recording from 1966 be reevaluated. The original release featured only 5 of the 15 cuts supplied here--ab... more »
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Long considered a "minor work" in the Ellington catalog, this reissue (with 10 bonus tracks!) demands that this live recording from 1966 be reevaluated. The original release featured only 5 of the 15 cuts supplied here--about 40 minutes of music compared with almost 80 minutes on this rerelease. While the highlight on the original release was the debut of "La Plus Belle Africaine," composed for the World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal, the highlight of this reissue is its fullness--the idea that we can listen to a full program of red-hot Ellington band. The band smokes in the uptempo title cut (with trumpeter Cat Anderson and tenor king Paul Gonsalves turning in eye-bulging solos), while on "Sophisticated Lady," Duke's piano accompaniment to Harry Carney's astonishing horn illustrates both the band's remarkable chops and Duke's incomparable skills as a composer and arranger. Throughout the record, Duke keeps it fast and loose, pulling out a swinging "Wings and Things" leading into scorching versions of "The Opener," before heading into a steamy and sultry "Caravan." An obligatory run through "Take the 'A' Train" closes this revised, and much more substantial, Soul Call. --S. Duda
Would have been 5 stars, but....
Michael R. Lachance | Maine, USA | 08/21/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After being spoiled by a REAL audience on 'Live at Newport '56 [COMPLETE]', i am 90% sure this concert recording from 1966 was ruined by the addition of a very blatantly FAKE audience track. Nothing more annoying than canned applause being mixed in and out! AHHH! I think if this hadn't been done, this would be a VERY fine CD. Duke and crew are certainly in fine form. Wish i could have been there."
IRate | 11/15/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
Intimate club sit-in with Duke and his big band crew does succeed at giving enthusiasts a well recorded live experience featuring his spectacular arrangements, however with the onslaught of grunts and groans, and some of the highest horn squeals this side of Zorn, this swingin' time is not without a share of piercing indulgences, not the least is how every track requires the swanky introduction from our conductor."