- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Reprise 6185 (1965)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A CD reissue of Duke Ellington's 1965 Reprise album, "Concert In The Virgin Islands." There are many highlights on this superb album, including "Chelsea Bridge," "Jungle Kitty" and "Barefoot Stomper."
- 1.Island Virgin
- 2.Virgin Jungle
- 3.Fiddler On The Diddle
- 4.Jungle Kitty
- 5.Things Ain't What They Used To Be
- 6.Big Fat Alice's Blues
- 7.Chelsea Bridge
- 8.The Opener
- 9.Mysterious Chick1
- 10.Barefoot Stomper
- 11.Fade Up
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Cat Anderson (trumpet).
Liner Note Authors: Leonard Feather; Stanley Dance.
Recording information: Virgin Islands (04/14/1965).
Although in his mid-60s, Duke Ellington proves on this program of mostly new music that he never declined nor lost his creativity. Four of the pieces comprise "The Virgin Islands Suite," and there are new versions of "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" and "Chelsea Bridge," and also a variety of miniature classics. In 1965 the Ellington orchestra had 11 very distinctive soloists; eight are heard from during this memorable set. ~ Scott Yanow