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Artist: Ellington, Duke
Title: Mara Gold
Format: CD
Catalog Number:225
Barcode:686647022508 itemnumber=1000117470
Price: $14.98  (All prices include domestic shipping.)
Genre: JAZZ
Release Date: 1/20/2015
Availability: In Stock
Additional Musical Category Notes:
Big Band, Swing 

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As the year 1967 rolled in on Duke Ellington, he found himself overlooking a steep cliff. 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 set out 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.

Track Listing
Take the A Train

Johnny Come Lately

Chelsea Bridge

Swamp Goo


Rue Bleu

Mara Gold

The Shepherd

Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Performers on this Album
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
Additional Technical Information Available For This Album
Release Format: CD         
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