Up in Duke's Workshop

Duke Ellington / Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

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Up in Duke's Workshop Review

by Scott Yanow

This LP is primarily for Duke Ellington completists and scholars. Some of the performances are run-throughs of works that would soon be discarded or rewritten while others are true obscurities. Best is trumpeter Cootie Williams' feature on "Love Is Just Around the Corner" and a jam on "Blem." There are also several spots for organist Wild Bill Davis and such underfeatured Ellingtonians as trumpeter Money Johnson, Geezil Minerve (on piccolo), trombonist Malcolm Taylor, and trumpeter Fred Stone. But nothing all that essential or historic occurs and there are over 100 currently available Duke Ellington recordings that one would recommend first.

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