Duke Ellington – Mara Gold



His writing and arranging partner Billy Strayhorn had taken ill, and would pass on by the end of May of that year, and he, with 16 piece big band in tow, had just embarked on a European tour. The great challenge of Strayhorn being out of action was the fact that now Ellington would once again be tasked with doing the bulk of his writing alone once again, a role he had not had to fully assume since 1937. Now, at the age of 68, he had to endeavor to compose and arrange a new “book” for touring. In addition to his usual extended pieces, he would generally craft solo numbers which were specially arranged to present his soloists in their best possible light before crowds around the world. On this night in 1967 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.

Recorded Live at Salle Pleyel Concert Hall, Paris, France, on January 31, 1967

1. Take the A Train (:51)

2. Johnny Come Lately (3:40)

3. Chelsea Bridge (4:33)

4. Swamp Goo (5:02)

5. Salome (4:48)

6. Rue Bleu (3:13)

7. Mara Gold (5:01)

8. The Shepherd (6:38)

9. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (4:36)

trumpets: Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Money Johnson, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington trombones: Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors reeds: Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney piano: Duke Ellington bass: John Lamb drums: Rufus Jones

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Weight .25 oz
Dimensions 5 × 6 × .5 in
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mp3, CD

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