Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Rotterdam 1969


Publisher: Storyville Records
Artist: Duke Ellington
Format: Audio / Video | Recorded Performance

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra toured Europe in November 1969, a time when Ellington was still at the top of his powers. The new CD is a recording of the whole of an excellent concert held at De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam—a venue famous for its splendid acoustics.

The ambience is remarkable: The audience is audibly enthusiastic and these high spirits clearly influence the band. Duke Ellington and the Orchestra gave two concerts on November 7th, and even though this is the second one, the musicians sound nothing but lively and fresh. Still in a brilliant mood after two concerts, Duke Ellington even played an after-party concert with a quartet—Storyville Records hopes to issue these recordings in the future.

The repertoire includes classics such as “Take the A Train” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” rarely heard as swinging as on this day, vigorous and fresh versions of “Kinda Dukish” and “Rockin’ In Rhythm” and the newer 1966 composition “La Plus Belle Africaine”, the centerpiece of the concert.

Published on: 01 February 2016
Language: English
Catalogue No: STV1018440

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          Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
          10 out of 10


          Good points? The whole concept of making Dukes timeless musical treasures available on high quality cds like Storyville has been doing for decades. Adding these golden moments picked from Ellington´s, his band and soloists everyday music making on the road to their studio recordings. A gift to us oldtime listeners and as important: Keeping Dukes gifts to humanity alive for generations to come.
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          Confirmed purchase: 01 February 2016
          Published on: 15 February 2016
          10 out of 10


          Lidingo GB
          Everything about Duke is good.
          Appreciate Storyvilles ambitions of releasing Ellington material
          Confirmed purchase: 21 January 2016
          Published on: 10 February 2016