Featuring Paul Gonsalves

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Featuring Paul Gonsalves
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Studio album by Duke Ellington
Released 1985
Recorded May 1, 1962
Genre Jazz
Label Fantasy

Featuring Paul Gonsalves is an album by American jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington. Without new material to work with, Ellington recorded the album with his orchestra and saxophonist Paul Gonsalves in 1962 during a four-hour recording session. It was not released until 1985 by Fantasy Records.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for Playboy, Robert Christgau said while his own tastes in jazz ran to bebop rather than Ellington's big band, Gonsalves' performance highly impressed him: "It goes without saying that Gonsalves shows more sonic and harmonic imagination than such R&B contemporaries (and heroes of my youth) as Lee Allen and Sam 'The Man' Taylor. The beauty is that he's not above outhonking them as well."[1] The AllMusic review by Stephen Cook awarded the album four ouf of five stars and stated, "Gonsalves turns this one-off session into one of the more enjoyable titles in Ellington's catalog".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Duke Ellington except as indicated.
  1. "C Jam Blues" (Barney Bigard, Ellington) - 5:14
  2. "Take the "A" Train" (Billy Strayhorn) - 5:43
  3. "Happy Go Lucky Local" - 5:03
  4. "Jam With Sam" - 3:18
  5. "Caravan" (Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) - 6:12
  6. "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" (Ellington, Lee Gaines, Strayhorn) - 4:49
  7. "Paris Blues" - 3:30
  8. "Ready, Go!" (Ellington, Strayhorn) - 5:01
    • Recorded at A & R Studio, New York on May 1, 1962



  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (August 1985). "Hüsker Dü, Katrina and the Waves, Duke Ellington/Paul Gonsalves". Playboy. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed June 16, 2010

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