With the numerous amount of live performances by Duke Ellington on CD and LP, this Swedish reissue of a 1958 concert in Gothenburg, Sweden, will be of borderline interest to most jazz fans. The program excerpted (originally for broadcast, complete with an overdubbed announcer) is not particularly an adventurous one, though it at least omits the long medley of hits that was a part of every Ellington performance. The selections tend to be brief, generally only featuring one soloist apiece; Clark Terry is outstanding on "Perdido," while Johnny Hodges is in prime form for "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." Harry Carney's sonorous baritone sax once again is the centerpiece of "Sophisticated Lady," and Cat Anderson wraps the disc with his high-note pyrotechnics in his original work "El Gato." Last available from the evidently now-defunct Jazz Information label, this LP probably can be located without much difficulty, though it will likely appeal only to the most obsessive collectors of Duke Ellington.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden