Duke Ellington (p, dir), Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington (tp), Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (tb), Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (as, cl), Jimmy Hamilton (ts, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl), John Lamb (b), Rufus Jones (d)
Bar code: 8436019581056
This 2CD-set features Duke's legendary February 22, 1967 concert at Rome,s Teatro Sistina, and contains 26 tracks and over 135 minutes of music. The Bandleader is showcased at the height of his creative powers with an orchestra that still included such oustanding figures as Cat Anderson, Cootie Willims, Lawrence Brown, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves and Harry Carney. This edition marks the end of an era in the life and music of the greatest composer and musical figure of the XXth century.
"These CDs capture Duke Ellington's orchestra during a European tour late in his career, but when he still retained virtually all of his star sidemen... Typically brillint music from Duke Ellington."
Scott Yanow -All Music Guide
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