Personnel: Duke Ellington (spoken vocals, piano, celeste); Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, Harry Carney, Norris Turney, Buddy Pearson (reeds); Willie Cook, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Fred Stone, Cat Anderson, Money Johnson, Al Rubin, Eddie Preston, Richard Williams (trumpet); Lawrence Brown, Booty Wood, Julian Priester, Chuck Connors, Malcolm Taylor (trombone); Wild Bill Davis (organ); Paul Kondziela, Joe Benjamin (bass); Rufus Jones (drums).
Recorded between April 25, 1969 and June 29, 1971. Includes liner notes by Stanley Dance.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1992, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Duke Ellington (vocals, piano, celesta); Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges (reeds, saxophone); Russell Procope (reeds, alto saxophone); Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves (reeds, tenor saxophone); Buddy Pearson, Norris Turney (reeds); Fred Stone (trumpet, trombone); Richard Gene Williams , Cootie Williams, Money Johnson, Alan Rubin, Mercer Ellington, Eddie Preston, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Malcolm Taylor, Julian Priester, Lawrence Brown , Chuck Connors, Booty Wood (trombone); Wild Bill Davis (organ); Rufus "Speedy" Jones (drums).
Liner Note Author: Stanley Dance.
Recording information: New York, NY (04/25/1969-06/29/1971).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Jimmy Hodges ; Money Johnson; Alan Rubin; Mercer Ellington; Rufus "Speedy" Jones.
Duke seemed to be able to relax and yet be creative in the recording studio -- sometimes he would record just to take advantage of a "lull" in his band's schedule (see the STUDIO SESSIONS on Saja/Atlantic) to try out new songs or re-work older ones. Here is a collection of such sessions, recorded in NYC in 1969-71. Even in "relaxed" mode, the results are exquisite. The bluesy "Intimate Interlude (featuring flute & bass clarinet solos)," the classics "Sophisticated Lady" and "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)," the "sketches" "Eulb" and "Tenz" and an Ellington vocal on the whimsical oddity "Moon Maiden" make this more than "just another Ellington album." Oh yes, the unique-to-Ellington reeds voicings are more than intact; at times, downright edgy ("Some Summer Fun"). Fans and newcomers alike, take notice -- this is one class act.