Duke Ellington

First Annual Connecticut Jazz Festival

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From the collector's label IAJRC, this CD, recorded three weeks after Ellington's sensational performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival), not only features the orchestra (best on the three-part "Festival Suite"), but has selections by a sextet led by the great swing trumpeter Buck Clayton and three numbers played by the classic pianist Willie "the Lion" Smith. Lots of fine music.

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