Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Norris Turney (alto saxophone, flute) Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone);
Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Willie Cook, Cat Anderson, Cootie Williams, Money Johnson, Mercer Ellington, Dave Burns, Al Rubin, Fred Stone (trumpet); Chuck Connors (trombone, bass trombone); Booty Wood, Julian Priester, Cliff Heathers (trombone); Dave Fitz (marimba, xylophone); Walter Rosenberg (glockenspiel); Joe Benjamin (bass); Rufus Jones (drums); Elayne Jones (tympani).
Recorded between November 6, 1968 and June 15, 1970. Includes liner notes by Stanley Dance.
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano).
Recording information: 11/06/1968-06/15/1970.
The prolific composer Ellington kept his band on salary. So when there was "down time"--no tours, concerts or record dates--he'd take his orchestra in the studio to record his music for himself, produced by himself. Works-in-progress, new items, old standbys reworked/re-arranged--this was what the Duke referred to as "the stockpile." Here is a collection of music meant for a movie that was abandoned, and for a ballet. These works are somewhat less "song-oriented" and give us a view of the rich pallet of colors of his extended compositions. Elegant, thoughtful, intricate, clever, sumptuous--and swinging. No hits here--but if you want to hear the adventurous side of Ellington, this IS the place.