Duke Ellington

The Great Tenor Encounters

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This superb (if out-of-print) two-LP set includes both of the unique sessions that Duke Ellington had with Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane. Hawkins appears as part of an octet led by Ellington that also co-stars Johnny Hodges and Ray Nance; "Mood Indigo," "Self Portrait of the Bean," a rompin' "The Jeep Is Jumpin" and "Solitude" (the latter not included on the original LP) are classic. For the date with Coltrane, he appeared as a pianist with 'Trane's quartet; some of the selections also have Ellington's bassist and drummer filling in. Best are the definitive version of "In a Sentimental Mood" and "Take the Coltrane." Both Ellington and Coltrane sound inspired by each other's presence (as they should be). Highly recommended music in one form or another.