Duke Ellington – Be Cool (live in Paris 1969)




1. Rockin’ in Rhythm (5:26)
2. Black and Tan Fantasy (6:41)
3. Perdido (2:40)
4. Love Scene (2:33)
5. Sophisticated Lady (3:34)
6. La Plus Belle Africaine (8:32)
7. Drum Solo (2:10)
8. Solitude (2:16)
9. It Don’t Mean a Thing (1:02)
10. C-Jam Blues (5:13)
11. Be Cool (2:32)

Paris, France Salle Pleyel
November 1, 1969

trumpets: Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Mercer Ellington, Nelson “Cadillac” Williams
trombone: Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors
saxophones: Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Norris Turney, Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, Harry Carney
piano: Duke Ellington
bass: Victor Gaskin
drums: Rufus Jones
vocals: Toney Watkins (tracks 4,8,9,11)
guest soloist, Archie Sheep, tenor saxophone (track 10)

1969 marked Duke Ellington’s 70th year, and in honor of the occasion, Jazz Impresario George Wein sent Ellington and his band out on a European tour, a 70th birthday tour, so to speak. In a brief concert series entitled “Newport to Paris”, for the first time on record we have the chance to hear Duke and the band performing live in Paris, and the Salle Pleyel in November, 1969. On this night we hear Duke and his orchestra in rare form, presenting a few of such newly written compositions, featuring luminaries like Cootie Williams, Johnny Hodges, Lawrence Brown, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Cat Anderson and more.

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Weight .25 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × .5 in
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