Tuesday, 6 December 2011

6. Duke Ellington- Ellington at Newport 1956

Release Date: 1956
Label: Columbia

Almost a year to the day before Paul met John, Sir Duke Ellington almost caused a riot at the Newport Jazz Festival. It's all here on this recording (except the exerts from Woolton), and whilst the audience certainly sound like they're enjoying it, I'm just not a big fan of live albums. If I'm not there when it happened, then I'd rather not know. I can appreciate the album, and there were some cracking songs on it, but I'd rather have witnessed it live.

Overall: 6/10
Favourite Track: Festival Junction

Next Album: Frank Sinatra- Songs For Swingin' Lovers

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