Ellington: Berlin 1959

Ellington: Berlin 1959
Title: Berlin 1959
Label: Storyville Records

What we have here is the welcome memento of the Duke Ellington's 1959 European tour. Berlin's Sportpalast is not a concert hall and during the cursed Nazi reign often was the site of speeches by Hitler and his fellow criminals, but the hall can be said to have been thoroughly purified by sounds of jazz by the time of this concert. The music starts with the Ellington Medley, by then a standard concert opener in varied embodiments. Critics often chided Duke for (in their opinion) overdoing this staple, but in fact it was not only a clever way of dealing with what undoubtedly would have been audience requests for beloved Ducal standards, but also a way of celebrating the continued life of his musical heritage. The concert has been remastered to modern standards, and is a must own for any Ellington fan.

1.1 Black and Tan Fantasy
1.2 Creole Love Call
1.3 The Mooche
1.4 Newport Up
1.5 Such Sweet Thunder
1.6 Sonnet to Hank Cinq
1.7 Medley: Kinda Dukish / Rockin' in Rhythm
1.8 El Gato
1.9 Flirtibird
1.10 Things Ain't What They Used to Be
1.11 Skin Deep
1.12 Vip Boogie
1.13 Jam Wih Sam
1.14 St. Louis Blues
1.15 Bill Bailey
1.16 Walkin' and Singin' the Blues
1.17 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
1.18 Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me
1.19 I Got It Bad
1.20 In a Sentimental Mood
1.21 Mood Indigo
1.22 I'm Beginning to See the Light
1.23 Sophisticated Lady
1.24 Caravan
1.25 Solitude
1.26 Satin Doll
1.27 Medley: I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart / Don't Get Around Much Anymore
1.28 Basin Street Blues

Ellington: Berlin 1959

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