Concert in the Virgin Islands

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Concert in the Virgin Islands
Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1965
Recorded March 4 & 17 and April 14, 1965
Genre Jazz
Label Reprise
Duke Ellington chronology
Ellington '66
(1965)
Concert in the Virgin Islands
(1965)
Ella at Duke's Place
(1965)

Concert in the Virgin Islands is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington recorded and released on the Reprise label in 1965.[1] The album features studio recordings that Duke composed after he and his orchestra played concerts on St. Croix and St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in April, 1965. This album includes the four-part Virgin Islands Suite, as well as numbers played at the concerts on the islands.[2]

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4 stars and stated "Although in his mid-60s, Duke Ellington proves on this program of mostly new music that he never declined nor lost his creativity".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn except as indicated
  1. "Island Virgin" - 4:08
  2. "Virgin Jungle" - 3:45
  3. "Fiddler on the Diddle" - 3:13
  4. "Jungle Kitty" - 3:00
  5. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (Mercer Ellington) - 2:56
  6. "Big Fat Alice's Blues" - 3:58
  7. "Chelsea Bridge" (Strayhorn) - 3:46
  8. "The Opener" - 2:50
  9. "Mysterious Chick" - 3:15
  10. "Barefoot Stomper" - 2:52
  11. "Fade Up" (Jimmy Hamilton) - 3:31
    • Recorded at Fine Studios, New York on March 4, 1965 (tracks 7, 8 & 11), March 17, 1965 (tracks 4 & 5), and April 14, 1965 (tracks 1-3, 6, 9 & 10).

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Duke Ellington Panorama accessed May 10, 2010
  2. ^ album liner notes by Stanley Dance
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed May 10, 2010