Duke Ellington

The Duke Is on the Air at the Blue Note

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This LP contains two complete broadcasts of Duke Ellington's 1952 Orchestra from the Blue Note in Chicago. The underrated band (which had such fine soloists as trombonist Quentin Jackson, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, tenorman Paul Gonsalves, baritonist Harry Carney, the pianist/leader, drummer Louie Bellson and four trumpet stylists: Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Ray Nance and Cat Anderson) plays their usual program of the period. Jimmy Grissom, Ray Nance and Betty Roche ("Take the 'A' Train" and "All of Me") have vocals and the overall album is pleasing but nothing all that surprising occurs and there are many more significant Ellington releases currently available. Still, Duke Ellington fanatics will want this LP anyway.