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Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington’s 70th Birthday Concert


Recorded at Manchester, England’s Free Trade Hall on November 26, 1969 (actually almost seven months after Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday), 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 composer’s 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.”


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This double LP ranks as one of Duke Ellington’s finest recordings of his final decade. The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke’s ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington’s 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 16-and-a-half-minute, nine-song medley that really works well. The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note 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.


Rockin’ In Rhythm
Take The “A” Train
Tootie For Cootie
4:30 Blues
El Gato
Black Butterfly
Things Ain’t What They Used To Be
Laying On Mellow
Satin Doll
In Triplicate)
—- Prelude To A Kiss
—- I’m Just A Lucky So And So
—- I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
—- Do Nothin’ Til You Hear From Me
—- Just Squeeze Me
—- Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
—- Mood Indigo
—- Sophisticated Lady
—- Caravan
Black Swan
Final Ellington Speech


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Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm