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Track Listing
1. Happy Go Lucky Local 3:02
2. What Am I Here For? 4:08
3. Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ In Rhythm 5:52
4. Perdido 6:49
5. I’m Beginning To See The Light 2:06
6. Mid-Riff 4:29
7. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) 4:33
8. Main Stem 4:15
9. Take The “A” Train 5:33
10. Lullaby Of Birland 5:23
11. The Wailer 4:25
12. Dreamy Sort Of Thing 3:56
13. Lullaby Of Birdland [Version 2] 5:27
14. Misfit Blues [Suite Thursday Part I] 4:12*
15. Schwiphti [Suite Thursday Part Ii] 3:07*
16. Zweet Zurzday [Suite Thursday Part Iii] 3:59*
17. Lay-By [Suite Thursday Part Iv] 4:50*
Artist:
Duke Ellington
Title:
Piano in the Background + Bonus Tracks
Label:
Essential Jazz Classics
Cat No:
EJC55521
Format:
CD
Price £7.99
• Duke Ellington’s complete original 1960 album ‘Piano in the Background’ (originally on Columbia), a revision by the Duke of some of his greatest hits, most of which showcase him as a piano soloist.

• Added as a bonus is the complete four-movement “Suite Thursday”, composed by Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and recorded around the same time as this album.

• Total time: 76:06 mins. - 17 tracks - includes 12-page booklet.

• Personnel : includes : Willie Cook, Ray Nance, Gerald Wilson, Booty Wood, Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Paul Horn, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, and others - Los Angeles, May 31-June 30, 1960. Bonus Tracks : Hollywood, California, October 10, 1960.

• “I shall remember this LP for the splendid keyboard work of the leader. No one plays the piano quite like Ellington; there is no other pianist in jazz with quite the amount of imagination or sense of timing which is in evidence on most of these tracks.” (Alun Morgan - original Gramophone review).
Reviews For Piano in the Background + Bonus Tracks
Jazz Journal - Graham Colombe
Scattered throughout the whole CD are excellent solos from Gonsalves and Nance, Hodges and Brown. ****
Just Jazz - Jerry Brown
All nine tracks swing like mad and have enormous drive from Ellington's piano opening on Happy Go Lucky Local to the closing notes of Take the 'A' Train.
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