PLAYS DUKE ELLINGTON contains three live radio sessions with the Danish Radio Big Band from 1969 and 1971, plus three live concert sessions with different backing trios; Finland in 1967, Denmark in 1969 and Sweden in 1972.
Personnel: Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Uffe Karskov, Jesper Thilo, Erling Christensen, Bent Nielsen, Flemming Madsen (saxophone); Allan Botschinsky, Palle Mikkelborg, Perry Knudsen, Palle Bolvig, Arne Lamberth, Henry Henkel (trumpet); Per Espersen, Torolf Molgard, Axel Windfeld, Ole Kurt Jensen, Erling Kroner, Poul Jorgensen, Helmuth Hjorth Hansen (trombone); Finn Ziegler (vibraphone); Kenny Drew, Ole Koch Hansen, Niels Jorgen Steen (piano); Ole Molin (guitar); Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, Hugo Rasmussen, Red Mitchell (bass); Bjarne Rostvold (drums, congas); Al Heath, Makaya Ntsoko, Bobby Brooks, William Schiopffe (drums); John Steffensen (congas).
Producers: Henrik W. Iversen, Anders Stefansen.
Recorded live between 1967 & 1972. Includes liner notes by Brian Priestley and Henrik W. Iversen.
Although he was only a member of Duke Ellington's Orchestra for three years, tenor-saxophonist Ben Webster was linked with Duke Ellington throughout his career. This Storyville release features the great tenor playing nine songs associated with Ellington. The music is drawn from five separate sessions including trio gigs with pianists Kenny Drew and Teddy Wilson and three with The Danish Radio Band. The emphasis is on uptempo pieces such as "Perdido," "Rockin' in Rhythm" and "Stompy Jones;" a special highlight are the two very different versions of "Cottontail." ~ Scott Yanow
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