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Jazz in the Night: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra live in Tivoli Garden, Copenhagen 1969

07/08/2019

Duke Ellington may have turned 70 in 1969, but he was never short of energy, creativity and innovations. At the time of this Nov. 2, 1969 concert in Copenhagen, Ellington had been leading his orchestra for 44 years, but he still never really looked back in time or sought to recreate the past. Even when he performed older favorites, they were rearranged and full of surprises, and Duke’s own piano playing was modern, percussive and unpredictable.

Twelve soloists are heard from during this 83-minute set including such veterans as trumpeters Cootie Williams and Cat Anderson, trombonist Lawrence Brown, altoist Harry Carney and Paul Gonsalves on tenor.

Along with exciting versions of “C Jam Blues,” “Rockin’ In Rhythm” and “Take The ‘A’ Train,” the highlights include a three-song Johnny Hodges medley, a haunting “La Plus Belle Africaine,” and a tenor battle among Gonsalves, Harold Ashby and Norris Turney on “Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue.”

Filmed in color and with close-ups that give listeners the experience of being onstage with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

Tracklist: C-jam blues — Medley: Kinda Dukish ; Rock’in in rhythm — 4:30 blues — Take the “A” train — Up jump — La plus belle Africaine — El gato — Black butterfly — Thing’s ain’t what they used to be — Drag (laying down mellow) — Satin doll — Come Sunday — It don’t mean a thing — Be cool and groovy for me — Diminuendo and crescendo in blue — Black swan (Sidney Bechet su

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