Album Remarks & Appraisals:
20bit K2 digitally remastered Japanese limited edition in an LP-style slipcase.
Recorded live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Montreaux, Switzerland on July 2, 1974. Includes liner notes by Alan Bates and Alun Morgan.
All songs written or co-written by Duke Ellington except "A Dedication To Edward Kennedy Ellington" (Randy Weston), "Take The A Train" (Strayhorn), and "After All" (Cecil Taylor).
CD comes in Jpn LP Sleeve.
At the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival (which occurred shortly after Duke Ellington's death), producer Claude Nobs thought it would be a good idea if each solo pianist would play an Ellington song or two. This Black Lion CD (which contains performances also available as part of each player's complete sets) features Randy Weston (playing a quote-filled "Dedication to Edward Kennedy Ellington"), Sir Roland Hanna, Jay McShann, Earl Hines (whose version of "Solitude" is quite emotional) and even Cecil Taylor (who plays a brief but free ballad "After All"). Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow