Duke Ellington: Live at the Berlin Jazz Festival 1969-1973

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Since its inception in 1964, the Berlin Jazz Fest had been thought of as a festival that, if not avant-garde, welcomed the most progressive and experimental forms of music of a period rich in all types of modernistic trends, from radical free jazz to a multitude of fusions of pop, rock, soul and jazz. But in 1969, as if swimming against the tide of the revolutions that swept the West, the organizers took an audacious stand: it was Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday and not only did they welcome him at the head of his big band for the first time, but part of the program focused on his heritage; as a bonus and birthday gift, Ellington was featured on the publicity poster of the festival’s sixth edition.

The Berlin concert of 8 November 1969 is magnificent testimony to the extraordinary freshness of tone that Ellington’s big band still displayed on stage, when the sheer pleasure of playing took over from the routine of performance. The concert of 2 November 1973, on the stage of the Philharmonie, turned out to be Ellington’s last concert at the Berlin Jazztage.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 05, 2022


  • Catalog Number: TLR 2204041


  • UPC: 196587027520


  • Label: The Lost Recordings


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  • Performer: Duke Ellington



Works:


  1. Piano Improvisation No. 1

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  2. Take The "A" Train

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  3. Pitter Panther Patter

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  4. Sophisticated Lady

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  5. Tap Dance

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  6. La plus Belle Africaine

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  7. El Gato

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  8. I Can't Get Started

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  9. Caravan

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  10. Mood Indigo

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  11. Satin Doll

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  12. Meditation

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra