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Ellington: 'Live at the Whitney'

Duke Ellington
Aug 19, 2010 Updated Aug 26, 2010

Duke Ellington's 1972 performance at NY's Whitney Museum of American Art.

This largely solo piano set took on a spontaneous nature during this 1972 performance, two years shy of Ellington's death.
It is also known as Ellington's last piano recital, performed one week before the pianist's 73rd birthday.

Here's the tracklist

1. Medley: 'Black Tan Fantasy', 'Prelude to a Kiss', 'Do Nothing 'till You Hear from Me', 'Caravan'
2. 'Meditation'
3. 'A Mural from Two Perspectives'
4. 'Sophisticated Lady', 'Solitude'
5. ''Soda Fountain Rag'
6. 'New World A-Coming'
7. 'Amour, Amour'
8. 'Soul Soothing Beach'
9. 'Lotus Blossom'
10. 'Flamingo'
11. 'Le Sucrier Velors'
12. 'The Night Shephard'
13. 'C Jam Blues'
14. 'Mood Indigo'
15. 'I'm Beginning to See the Light'
16. 'Dancers in Love'
17. 'Kixx'
18. 'Satin Doll'

Personnel

Duke Ellington; piano
Joe Benjamin; bass
Rufu Jones; drums

Recorded live at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, on April 10, 1972.

 

 

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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward, and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in...

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