With the exception of "The Tattooed Bride," an extensive work from Duke Ellington's 1948 Carnegie Hall concert that was originally released on V-Disc, all of the music on this CD is taken from November-December 1947. Ellington was quite busy in the recording studios during this period (as were many bands), since it was known that a recording strike would most likely be taking place the following year. In addition to fine remakes of "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and an atmospheric vehicle for Kay Davis' voice on "On a Turquoise Cloud," the year-end work included the memorable six-part "Liberian Suite" (one of Ellington's best extended pieces) and his nearly atonal piano exploration on the intriguing "The Clothed Woman." While much of this music is available elsewhere, the performances are of high quality and well worth acquiring one way or another.
AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow