This release presents Duke Ellingtons 1971 performance in Warsaw for the first time in CD. The program was typical of Duke, including new tunes as well as all-time favourites, and ending with a marvellous duet by Duke and bassist Joe Benjamin on Billy Strayhorns 'Lotus Blossom'.
As a bonus, a 1958 live set by the Duke at an Air Force dance date. With the exception of 'Blues in Orbit' and 'Caravan', all of these tunes also appear here on CD for the first time ever.
01. IM BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT 1:10
02. ADDI 3:19
03. THINGS AINT WHAT THEY USED TO BE 3:32
04. HELLO DOLLY 3:31
05. LA PLUS BELLE AFRICAINE 8:12
06. EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW 2:09
07. MEDLEY: SOPHISTICATED LADY/CARAVAN 5:34
08. SATIN DOLL 3:27
09. GOOF 4:43
10. LOTUS BLOSSOM 2:43
11. SMADA (2:22) (*) Bonus Track
12. VIVI (2:56) (*) Bonus Track
13. FRIVOLOUS BANTA (2:29) (*) Bonus Track
14. JUST SCRATCHIN THE SURFACE (4:56) (*) Bonus Track
15. BLUES IN ORBIT (5:02) (*) Bonus Track
16. JUNIFLIP (5:26) (*) Bonus Track
17. BEER BARREL POLKA (2:09) (*) Bonus Track
18. DISCONTENTED (4:26) (*) Bonus Track
19. CARAVAN (7:44) (*) Bonus Track
Total time: 76:00 min.
Personnel on tracks #1-10:
Cootie Williams (tp, vcl), Mercer Ellington, Johnny Coles, Eddie Preston (tp), Harold Money Johnson (tp, vcl on 4 only), Malcolm Taylor, Chuck Connors, Booty Wood (tb), Russell Procope (as, cl), Harold Geezil Minerve (as, fl, piccolo), Norris Turney (as, ts, cl, fl), Harold Ashby (ts, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Joe Benjamin (b), Rufus Jones (d) and Nell Brookshire (vcl on #6 only). Recorded live at Congress Hall, Warsaw, Poland, on October 30, 1971.
Personnel on tracks #11-19:
Harold Shorty Baker, Clark Terry (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vcl), Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Bill Graham (as, ts, bs), Russell Procope (as, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Jimmy Woode (b) and Sam Woodyard (d). Recorded live at Travis Air Force Base, Suisun City, California, on March 4, 1958.