Duke Ellington records ‘Soul Call’ with his orchestra at the Antibes Jazz Festival (1966)

Duke Ellington’s ‘Soul Call’ is a live album recorded with his orchestra on July 26, 27, 28 & 29 1966 at the Juan-les-Pins/Antibes Jazz Festival, Côte d’Azur and released In 1967 by Verve.

Track Listing : 1.La Plus Belle Africaine (Duke Ellington) – 14:00 . 2.West Indian Pancake (Duke Ellington) – 04:41 . 3.Soul Call (Louie Bellson, Henry Bellson) – 03:09 . 4.Skin Deep (Louie Bellson) – 13:03 . 5.Jam With Sam (Duke Ellington) – 03:38 . 6.Sophisticated Lady (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 04:20 . 7.Wings And Things (Johnny Hodges) – 03:00 . 8.The Opener (Duke Ellington) – 03:16 . 9.Caravan (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Juan Tizol) – 06:18 . 10.Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm (Duke Ellington)/(Harry Carney, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) – 05:55 . 11.Such Sweet Thunder (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 03:36 . 12.Madness In Great Ones (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 04:42 . 13.Main Stem (Duke Ellington) – 04:21 . 14.Take The A Train (Billy Strayhorn) – 05:13

Musicians : Duke Ellington – Piano, Leader . Cat Anderson – Trumpet . Mercer Ellington – Trumpet . Herb Jones – Trumpet . Cootie Williams – Trumpet . Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper – Trombone . Chuck Connors – Bass Trombone . Johnny Hodges – Alto Saxophone . Russell Procope – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Jimmy Hamilton – Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Saxophone . Harry Carney – Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet . John Lamb – Bass . Sam Woodyard – Drums

Production : Produced By Norman Granz

Package : Jack Anesh – Cover Design . Philip Bailey – Liner Notes . Norman Granz – Liner Notes . Jan Persson – Photography

Recorded On July 26, 27, 28 & 29, 1966, At The Juan-Les-Pins/Antibes Jazz Festival, Côte D’Azur At The Juan-Les-Pins/Antibes Jazz Festival.

Released In 1967 By Verve.


Although this included the world premiere recording and what could stand as the definitive version of “La Plus Belle Africaine,” …. This edition of Soul Call cannot be recommended highly enough. It is late period Ellington at his most exciting. […]

Jazz Music Archives
Ellington fans will certainly enjoy this, but particularly those who like some of his more unusual output. Fans of odd albums, such as Sun Ra’s “Angels and Demons at Play”, that mix old and new elements in jazz, might want to give this a shot too. There is also a CD re-issue of this LP available that features many additional tracks […]

silentway @ RateYourMusic
The first piece on this live set, “La Plus Belle Africaine”, is fairly stunning with its thematic, downbeat bass lines, muted brass interjectionsand occasional wild bursts of noise. Unfortunately, the rest is wholly unmemorable. […]


Duke Ellington’s ‘Soul Call’



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