Duke Ellington

In Hamilton

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The collector's label Radiex issued a two-CD set that brings back a Duke Ellington concert performed in Ontario, Canada in 1954. The 1954 Ellington band tends to be underrated but it certainly had many strong soloists including four very different trumpet stylists (Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson and Ray Nance), trombonists Quentin Jackson and Britt Woodman, clarinetists Jimmy Hamilton and Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves on tenor and baritonist Harry Carney in addition to the pianist/leader. No lengthy works were performed at this particular concert but there are spirited versions of such pieces as "The Mooche," "How High the Moon," "Theme for Trambean" (featuring Britt Woodman), "Perdido," and even "The Bunny Hop Mambo." Ellington fans will defintiely want to search for this rare set.