Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington's Far East Suite

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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

Duke Ellington could have been forgiven if, by the time he was 67, he had gradually lost his creative desire not to mention his writing skills. But his genius never dimmed as witness the new music ("The Far East Suite" and "Ad Lib on Nippon") on this superb set. "The Far East Suite" is in reality eight separate compositions of which the beautiful "Isfahan" (a memorable Johnny Hodges feature) became the best-known melody; Paul Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton are also among the main stars with the clarinetist being showcased throughout "Ad Lib on Nippon." But it is the writing of Ellington and Strayhorn in their late prime that makes this one of his more memorable recordings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 05:12 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:16 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:09 Amazon
4 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington 07:50 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:31 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 11:39 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:58 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:11 Amazon
13 Duke Ellington feat: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra 04:15 Amazon
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