Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington [Video]

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In 1962, the Goodyear Tire Company sponsored several half-hour jazz films for television. This particular entry features the Duke Ellington Orchestra performing "Take the 'A' Train," "Satin Doll," "Blow By Blow" (a feature for tenor man Paul Gonsalves), "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (altoist Johnny Hodges' showcase), "VIP Boogie/Jam With Sam," and a short workout for the rhythm section on "Kinda Dukish." Although nothing all that unusual occurs, it is enjoyable to see the Ellington band near its peak; the video reproduction of this color film is excellent.