Duke Ellington

S.R.O.

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The Duke Ellington compilation S.R.O. indicates that it was recorded in 1961, though the dates of the live selections were more likely recorded as late as the summer of 1956. The first nine tracks come from Ellington's 1966 Newport performance, and are marred by an out-of-tune piano, some sloppy playing here and there, and an awkward splice in "Take the 'A' Train." Two songs are mislabeled: "El Gato" is actually "El Viti," while "Open House" is "The Opener."

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