Duke Ellington records the ’70th Birthday Concert’ album in Bristol, England (1969)

Duke Ellington‘s ’70th Birthday Concert’ is a live album recorded at Colston Hall In Bristol, England on November 25 and at Free Trade Hall In Manchester, England on November 26, 1969.

Track Listing : 1.Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm (Duke Ellington, Harry Carney, Irving Mills) – 05:53 . 2.B.P. Blues (Duke Ellington) – 04:41 . 3.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 05:48 . 4.Tootie For Cootie (Duke Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton) – 06:27 . 5.4:30 Blues (Duke Ellington) – 04:21 . 6.El Gato (Cat Anderson) – 04:22 . 7.Black Butterfly (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 04:46 . 8.Things Ain’T What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) – 03:02 . 9.Layin’ On Mellow (Duke Ellington) – 05:04 . 10.Satin Doll (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) – 05:37 . 11.Azure (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 04:57 . 12.In Triplicate (Duke Ellington) – 06:55 . 13.Perdido (Juan Tizol) – 03:22 . 14.Fifi (Duke Ellington) – 03:41 . 15.Medley: . – Prelude To A Kiss (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Irving Gordon) . – I’M Just A Lucky So-And-So (Duke Ellington, Mack David) . – I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Harry Nemo, John Redmond) . – Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) . – Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don’T Tease Me) (Duke Ellington, Lee Gaines) . – Don’T Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington, Bob Russell) . – Mood Indigo (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Barney Bigard) . – Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) . – Caravan (Juan Tizol) . 16.Black Swan (Duke Ellington) – 09:23 . 17.Final Ellington Speech (Satin Doll) (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Johnny Mercer) – 02:05

Musicians : Duke Ellington – Piano . Cat Anderson – Trumpet . Mercer Ellington – Trumpet . Rolf Ericson – Trumpet . Cootie Williams – Trumpet . Lawrence Brown – Trombone . Chuck Connors – Bass Trombone . Russell Procope – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone . Norris Turney – Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute . Harold Ashby – Tenor Saxophone, Flute . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone . Wild Bill Davis – Organ . Victor Gaskin – Bass . Rufus Jones – Drums

Production : Produced By Noel Walker

Package : Frank Gauna – Art Direction . David Redfern – Photography

Recorded At Colston Hall In Bristol, England On November 25 (10) And Free Trade Hall In Manchester, England On November 26 (1-9 & 10-17), 1969..

Released 1970 By Solid State.

(Source Duke Ellington – 70th Birthday Concert | The Official Website of Jazz Legend Duke Ellington)


The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note display by Cat Anderson on “Satin Doll” that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever; each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpetand is in tune, too. […]

Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Hodges and Williams are rather subdued in their features, so Cat Anderson has sole claim to the spotlight with his incredibly high trumpet runs on his own composition “El Gato.” Other distingushing features: organist Wild Bill Davis – whose playing on “Satin Doll” is strikingly close to Jimmy Smith‘s version […]

Zappaholic @ RAteYourMusic
The second side is wild. I did not expect to hear an organ on a few of the songs, or flute, or a nine-song medley that works really well. […]


Duke Ellington‘s ’70th Birthday Concert’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]



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