70th Birthday Concert (Duke Ellington album)

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70th Birthday Concert
Live album by Duke Ellington
Released 1970
Recorded November 25 & 26, 1969
Genre Jazz
Label Solid State
Duke Ellington chronology
Second Sacred Concert
(1968)
70th Birthday Concert
(1969)
Latin American Suite
(1968-70)

70th Birthday Concert is a live album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded in England recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England and originally released on the Solid State label in 1970.[1] The album was later reissued on CD on the Blue Note label in 1995.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars and stated

The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke's ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington's mighty band... This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Duke Ellington, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kinda Dukish/Rockin' in Rhythm"   Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills 5:53
2. "B.P. Blues"     4:41
3. "Take the "A" Train"   Billy Strayhorn 5:48
4. "Tootie for Cootie"   Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton 6:27
5. "4:30 Blues"     4:21
6. "El Gato"   Cat Anderson 4:22
7. "Black Butterfly"   Ellington, Irving Mills 4:46
8. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"   Mercer Ellington 3:02
9. "Layin' on Mellow"     5:04
10. "Satin Doll"   Ellington, Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer 5:37
11. "Azure"   Ellington, Mills 4:57
12. "In Triplicate"     6:55
13. "Perdido"   Juan Tizol 3:22
14. "Fifi"     3:41
15. "Medley:
Prelude to a Kiss
I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Mood Indigo
Sophisticated Lady
Caravan"  

Ellington, Mills, Gordon
Ellington, David
Ellington, Mills, Nemo, Redmond
Ellington, Russell
Ellington, Gaines
Ellington, Russell
Ellington, Mills, Bigard
Ellington, Mills, Parish
Tizol
15:11
16. "Black Swan"     9:23
17. "Final Ellington Speech (Satin Doll)"   Ellington, Strayhorn, Mercer 2:05
  • Recorded at Colston Hall in Bristol, England on November 25 (track 10) and Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England on November 26 (tracks 1-9 & 10-17), 1969.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 17, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 17, 2010