- In the view of this household the Duke and his band were the best - ever. We were introduced to this recording via a Radio Three jazz program. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and skillful remastering of a historic recording of the band at it's peak.
An absolute must for any Ellington fan, and the liner notes with this edition are excellent.
I'm no jazz musicologist, however, so go search the web for a host of other more expert opinions.
- Bearing in mind this was made by amateurs in 1940 at a dance hall in North Dakota, the areas of less than perfect recording are to be expected, and did not spoil our enjoyment in any way. Some might argue that this present reissue should have been more rigorously edited, but that misses the point. If you want a totally unblemished offering, go find a studio recording. The rest of us are quite happy to soak up the live atmosphere and top notch performances.
Published on: 27 November 2014