Duke Ellington’s ‘Afro-Bossa’

Duke Ellington’s ‘Afro-Bossa’ is a studio album recorded on November 29, 1962, December 20, 1962 & January 4 & 5, 1963 and released in April 1963 by Reprise.

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Track Listing : 1.Afro-Bossa (Duke Ellington) – 04:22 . 2.Purple Gazelle (Duke Ellington) – 02:44 . 3.Absinthe (Billy Strayhorn) – 03:34 . 4.Moonbow (Duke Ellington) – 02:33 . 5.Sempre Amoré (Duke Ellington) – 03:14 . 6.Caliné (Silk Lace) – 02:31 . 7.Tigress (Billy Strayhorn) – 03:06 . 8.Angu (Duke Ellington) – 02:42 . 9.Volupté (Duke Ellington) – 02:44 . 10.Bonga (Duke Ellington) – 02:49 . 11.Pyramid (Duke Ellington, Irving Gordon, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 03:03 . 12.Eighth Veil (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 02:48

Musicians : Duke Ellington – Piano On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5 – 6 -7 – 9 – 10 – 11) . Billy Strayhorn – Piano On (3 – 8) . Ray Nance – Cornet, Violin . Cat Anderson – Trumpet . Roy Burrowes – Trumpet . Cootie Williams – Trumpet . Lawrence Brown – Trombone . Buster Cooper – Trombone . Chuck Connors – Bass Trombone . Jimmy Hamilton – Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone . Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone . Russell Procope – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet . Ernie Shepard – Bass . Sam Woodyard – Drums

Production : Produced By Albert Marx . Joe Gastwirt – Engineer, Mastering

Package : Ray Avery – Photography . Donalyn Brooks Catalano – Art Direction . Stanley Dance – Liner Notes

Recorded On November 29, 1962, December 20, 1962 & January 4 & 5, 1963 At Fine Studios, New York.

Released In April 1963 By Reprise.

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allmusic
This is easily one of Duke Ellington‘s essential studio recordings of the 1960s, though it isn’t as widely recognized as it ought to be. […]

seagull59 @ RateYourMusic
These are typical Ellington/Strayhorn arrangements and a long way from easy-listening big-band Bossa Nova but there’s nothing here quite as convincing as a Far East Suite either. That the album finishes with two older pieces and one or two others fade prematurely suggests not everything was thoroughly prepared…..but what’s new? […]

Orgy In Rhythm
. All in all, a fine album. It got 5 stars from DownBeat magazine when it first came outand it’s well worthy of all of them. It’s a shame that this isn’t more easily available. […]

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