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The Greatest Jazz Concert In the World (Live)

Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald & Oscar Peterson

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Album Review

In addition to having a somewhat immodest title, this three-CD set was not actually one single concert but two. That reservation aside, the music on the reissue is often quite special. There is a jam session in the Jazz at the Philharmonic vein with flügelhornist Clark Terry, altoist Benny Carter, the tenors of Zoot Sims, and Paul Gonsalves and the Oscar Peterson Trio with the all-stars playing a ballad medley and heated run-throughs of a few familiar standards. In addition, the Oscar Peterson Trio has a few features, an aging Coleman Hawkins does what he can on two numbers, Hawk teams up with altoists Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges on "C Jam Blues," and special guest T-Bone Walker sings and plays a couple of blues with assists from Terry, Gonsalves, Hodges, and Peterson. But that's not all. The Duke Ellington Orchestra is in prime form performing a great deal of new material, plus having guest spots for Sims (along with fellow tenors Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton on "Very Tenor"), Oscar Peterson (who gets to lead the band through a unique version of "Take the 'A' Train") and Carter; Johnny Hodges is also well-showcased. Ella Fitzgerald completes the memorable set with her usual classy performance (accompanied by the Jimmy Jones Trio and sometimes the Ellington Orchestra), finishing the show with some hot scatting on "Cotton Tail." Maybe this really was "the Greatest Jazz Concert" after all.

Customer Reviews

Greatest Jazz Concert

WOW!! Purchased this album (yes I said album) in 1978 when I was in High School.
True jazz and some blues music. Not for everyone. However, if you want to take a trip back in time and experience something different, than this is the album.
Enjoy!!

Fantastic

I've always abhorred the title of this album. But, the recording is amazing, and the performances can not be beat. It's worth every penny.

I'm still puzzled why it gets a parental warning on Salome. Salome is a instrumental piece….

Great set

I also purchased this box in vinyl form in the seventies. It's worth the price for the incredible version of Take The "A" Train alone. Great stuff.

Biography

Born: April 30, 1899 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works...
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