A never-before-released collection of Ellington tunes.
"Duke Ellington had regained his former commercial success with his performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, he was free for the remainder of his career to essentially play what he pleased. This live performance from 1957 ranges from old favorites like "I Got
It Bad" and "Sophisticated Lady" to the spectacular Britt Woodman trombone feature on "Theme Trambene," the whimsical "Pretty and the Wolf," a fresh rendition of "Harlem Air Shaft" featuring trumpeter Clark Terry and the extended "Harlem Suite." Baritonist Harry Carney, high-note trumpet wizard Cat Anderson and altoist Johnny Hodges all have their great moments on this enjoyable set."
— Scott Yanow, All-Music Guide review the original release
CD-4616(1) DUKE ELLINGTON—LIVE AT THE 1956 STRATFORD FESTIVAL.Featuring Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance and W. Cook, trumpets; Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman & John Sanders, trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves & Harry Carney, reeds; Duke Ellington, piano, J. Woode, bass; Sam Woodyard, drums. Total Time 54:31 (AAD)