At the Rainbow Grill 1967
Cat Anderson (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs), Duke Ellington (p), John Lamb (b), Steve Little (d)
Rarely heard arrangements of some of Ellington's best compositions. Billy Strayhorn once stated that "Duke Ellington plays the piano, but his real instrument is the orchestra. Even if this is in some way true, Duke's sporadic experiments with smaller groups and his skills as a pianist were nevertheless superb. The live performance at the Rainbow Grill offered here gives additional evidence of his stature as an instrumentalist. The octet was formed taking several of the major soloists from the 1967 Ellington band, including five horns Cat Anderson on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Johnny Hodges on alto sax, Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax, plus the rhythm section including the Duke himself, John Lamb on bass, and Steve Little on drums. At the Rainbow Grill 1967.
1. Heaven/Le Sucrier Velours
2. In A Sentimental Mood
4. I'm Beginning To See Te Light
5. Rock The Clock
6. Take The "A" Train/Satin Doll
7. Sophisticated Lady
8. Take The "A" Train
9. Passion Flower
12. Things Ain'T What They Used To Be
13. Ocht O'Clock Rock
Recorded live at the Rainbow Grill, Rockefeller Center, New York, August 17, 1967.