Duke Ellington - The Great Paris Concert


Pure Pleasure Records (Atlantic)



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DPPR 2304

Vinyl LP with Damaged Cover

No. of Discs: 2
Note: 180 Gram

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180-gram gatefold double LP

Remastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering, Lyndhurst Hall, London

Recorded: February 1963 at The Olympia Theatre, Paris, France. This set came about, in part, as a result of Ellington's signing to Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in November 1962, with the ending of his exclusive contract to Columbia. Six numbers from the three Paris dates were initially edited and released by Reprise as part of the ten-song Duke Ellington's Greatest Hits, but the bulk of the performances from those shows didn't surface until many years later as The Great Paris Concert on two LPs.

This album "The Great Paris Concert" is raw and largely unedited, and depicts the full Ellington band in extraordinary form, oozing excitement — from the saxophone showcase on the opener, "Rockin' in Rhythm," the various sections of the band take flight at different points throughout this set, which includes such contemporary numbers as Ellington's theme music for an all but forgotten television series, The Asphalt Jungle, and excerpts from Such Sweet Thunder. Johnny Hodges is showcased in several solos, most notably on "Suite Thursday," a work whose original studio incarnation he missed appearing on; Cootie Williams ("Tutti for Cootie"), Paul Gonsalves ("Cop Out"), Ray Nance ("Bula"), and Cat Anderson ("Jam with Sam") get their own moments in the spotlight.

Side 1
1. Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm
2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street
3. The Star-Crossed Lovers
4. All Of Me
5. Theme From Asphalt Jungle

Side 2
6. Concerto For Cootie
7. Tutti For Cootie
8. Suite Thursday In Four Movements:
a) Misfit Blues
b) Schwiphti
c) Zweet Zurzday
d) Lay-By

Side 3
9. Perdido
10. The Eighth Veil
11. Rose Of The Rio Grande
12. Cop Out
13. Bula

Side 4
14. Jam With Sam
15. Happy-Go-Lucky Local
16. Tone Parallel To Harlem

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