Duke Ellington remains a giant influence and is unquestionably one of perhaps only 5 of the most important figures in popular music today. A prolific writer and composer, he predominantly worked within the framework of a big-band line-up producing music of extraordinary diversity. The unique Ellington sound is based on celebration of it's individuals. The music might be lyrical or triumphant, elegiac or celebratory but finishes positively. Sadly Duke Ellington's death in 1974 preceded today's audio and visual technology and there remains limited footage of his charismatic and inspiring live performances. The Duke Ellington Masters are the original broadcast masters of Duke Ellington and his orchestra in concert in Copenhagen during the period 1965 to 1971 and are perhaps the finest record of a truly great man and his music.
Tracklisting: - C Jam Blues; - Kinda Dukish & Rockin' in Rhythm; -430 Blues; - Take the a Train; - Up Jump; - La Plus Belle Africaine; - Come of the Veldt; - El Gato; - Black Butterfly; - Thing's Ain't What the Used to Be; - Drag; - Satin Doll; - Come Sunday; - It Don't Mean a Thing; - Be Cool and Groovy for Me; - Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue; - Black Swann