One of Ellington's pivotal and innovative recordings that came out of a tour of the Middle East in cities like Baghdad, Isfahan, Damascus, Tehran, Kabul, Beirut, Calcutta, New Delhi etc. and into the far east culminating in Japan was this one called "The Far East Suite". Can you imagine an American orchestra playing in some of these cities today? Ellington and his alter ego, Billy Strayhorn absorbed some of the folk music that they heard in their travels and created these compositions that make up this modern and compelling recording, one of Ellington's finest. All the major soloists were still alive when this was recorded in December 1966. You'll hear Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Cootie Williams, Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet), Harry Carney and the master himself on piano, the one and only Edward Kennedy Ellington.
Well You Needn't
Miles Davis · Steamin' & Cookin'
Love For Sale
Miles Davis · '58 Sessions
Someday My Price
Miles Davis · Quintet 1960
Miles Davis · Miles Smiles
Miles Davis · Filles De Kilimanjaro
Bud Powell · The Genius of Powell
C Minor Complex
Lennie Tristano · The New Tristano
Oscar Peterson · Solo Oscar
McCoy Tyner · Echos of a Friend
Bobby Timmons · The Soul Man
Grant Stewart · Young at Heart
Tourist Point of View
Duke Ellington · The Far East Suite.
Bluebird of Delhi
Ad Lib on Nippon.