Bar code: 8436028692484
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.
01. Heaven/Le Sucrier Velours
02. In A Sentimental Mood
04. I'm Beginning To See Te Light
05. Rock The Clock
06. Take The "A" Train/Satin Doll
07. Sophisticated Lady
08. Take The "A" Train
09. Passion Flower
12. Things Ain'T What They Used To Be
13. Ocht O'Clock Rock
Total time: 56:09 min.
DUKE ELLINGTON OCTET
Cat Anderson (trumpet); Lawrence Brown (trombone); Johnny Hodges (alto sax); Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax); Harry Carney (baritone sax); Duke Ellington (piano); John Lamb (bass); Steve Little (drums).
Recorded live at the Rainbow Grill, Rockefeller Center, New York City, August 17, 1967
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