Duke Ellington ‘s ‘The Far East Suite’ is an album recorded in New-York City, with his orchestra from December 19 till 21, 1966.
Track Listing : 1.Tourist Point Of View (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 05:09 . 2.Bluebird Of Delhi (Mynah) (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:18 . 3.Isfahan (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 04:02 . 4.Depk (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 02:38 . 5.Mount Harissa (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 07:40 . 6.Blue Pepper (Far East Of The Blues) (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:00 . 7.Agra (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 02:35 . 8.Amad (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 04:26 . 9.Ad Lib On Nippon (Duke Ellington) – 11:34
Musicians : Cootie Williams – Trumpet . William “Cat” Anderson – Trumpet . Mercer Ellington – Trumpet & Flugelhorn . Herbie Jones – Trumpet & Flugelhorn . Lawrence Brown – Trombone . Buster Cooper – Trombone . Chuck Connors – Trombone . Jimmy Hamilton – Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone . Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone . Russell Procope – Alto Saxophone & Clarinet . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone . John Lamb – Bass . Rufus Jones – Drums
Production : Produced By Brad Mckuen . Ed Begley – Engineer
Package : Stanley Dance – Liner Notes . Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes . Amy Wenzler – Cover Design
Recorded On 19 To 21 December 1966,.
Released In 1967 By Rca.
The Far East Suite is nothing short of breathtaking, Duke Ellington and the circle of musicians around him were responsible for writing some of the finest jazz ever recorded and this collection of work certainly meets any high standards he may have set for himself elsewhere. […]
All About Jazz
Strayhorn’s “Agra” is beautiful and “Nippon” is infectious. Duke Ellington‘s back burner was still hotter than most musician’s ovens […]
That may be true, but ultimately it is the constant variety of styles and sounds heard on Far East Suite that remind us that what we get here is not an education in Eastern music, but simply Ellington’s artistic vision of the excitement anyone feels traveling through foreign lands. […]