Various Artists

Tribute to Duke Ellington

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At the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival (which occurred shortly after Duke Ellington's death), producer Claude Nobs thought it would be a good idea if each solo pianist would play an Ellington song or two. This Black Lion CD (which contains performances also available as part of each player's complete sets) features Randy Weston (playing a quote-filled "Dedication to Edward Kennedy Ellington"), Sir Roland Hanna, Jay McShann, Earl Hines (whose version of "Solitude" is quite emotional) and even Cecil Taylor (who plays a brief but free ballad "After All"). Recommended.

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