Duke Ellington – Live at Cabaret L’Alcazar



It is 1969, and the great pianist/composer Duke Ellington was on one of his many arduous European tours. However for the first time we are afforded a snapshot of one of his most intimate club performances ever recorded. The place is Cabaret L’Alcazar in Paris, France, and Ellington and his “instrument”, the Famous Orchestra are in rare form, bringing forth a funky, soulful energy sparked of course by his assistant arranger at the time, Hammond Organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis. The great Johnny Hodges, still within a year of his life’s ending, is playing excellently still, showing no signs of slowing down here. The famous celebrity Maurice Chevalier was in the house, even gifting the Duke one of his famous hats. It’s a party atmosphere entirely but the music is as consistent and swinging as ever. Luminaries such as Hodges, Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Harry Carney, Paul Gonsalves, and Lawrence Brown are all cooking here. This is truly a night to remember, and needs to be heard by Ellington aficionados and music lovers alike.

1. Rockin in Rhythm 2. Take the A Train 3. Satin Doll 4. Things Ain’t What They Used to Be 5. Sophisticated Lady 6. Satin Doll (Earlobe Routine) / Happy Birthday 7. Fife 8. In a Sentimental Mood 9. Black Power 10. Diminuendo in Blue / Blow by Blow 11. Satin Doll (finale)

Recorded at Cabaret L’Alcazar, Paris, France November 20, 1969

trumpets: Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Rolf Ericson, Mercer Ellington trombones: Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors saxophones: Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Norris Turney, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney organ: Wild Bill Davis piano: Duke Ellington bass: Victor Gaskin drums: Rufus “Speedy” Jones

* This is a brand new, professionally manufactured & shrink-wrapped Ultra/Pro-CDR. It is officially licensed to Chambermusik Special Products for sale via special arrangement with the artists. We strive hard to make such exclusive products available in professional format at a reasonable price.

Additional information

Weight .25 oz
Dimensions 5 × 6 × .5 in
Media Type

mp3, CD


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