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Track Listing
CD1 - 5th January 1952 Metropolitan Opera House, New York
1. The Hawk Talks
2. Frustration
3. Sultry Serenade
4. Sophisticated Lady
5. Perdido
6. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good (vocal Betty Roche)
7. A Tone Parallel To Harlem
8. Take the 'A' Train
9. Medley: VIP's Boogie, Jam With Sam
10. Medley: Monologue (vocal Duke Ellington)
11. C Jam Blues
12. Blues At Sundown (vocal Jimmy Grissom)
13. Skin Deep
14. Medley:
. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
. Mood Indigo
. I'm Beginning To See The Light
. Prelude To A Kiss
. It Don't Mean A Thing
. Solitude
. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

CD2 - 5th January 1952 Metropolitan Opera House, New York
1. Tulip or Turnip (vocal Ray Nance)
2. Basin Street Blues (vocal Ray Nance)

March 1952 Unknown location
3. Primping At The Prom
4. Johnny Come Lately
5. Moonstone
6. Time On My hands
7. Margie
8. Chelsea Bridge
9. Midriff

29th April 1952 The Armory, Yakima, Washington
10. Phalanges
11. VIP's Boogie
12. Solitude (vocal Jimmy Grissom)
13. Summertime (vocal Jimmy Grissom)
14. My Little Brown Book (vocal Jimmy Grissom)
15. Good Girl Blues (vocal Jimmy Grissom)
16. The Hawk Talks
17. Take the 'A' Train
18. Happy Birthday To You

CD3 - 29th April 1952 The Armory, Yakima, Washington
1. Ting-a-ling
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. C Jam Blues
4. Passion Flower

30th April 1953 McElroy's Ballroom. Portland Oregon
5. Happy Go Lucky Local
6. Summertime
7. Warm Valley
8. Sultry Serenade
9. Hi Ya Sue
10. Sophisticated Lady
11. Things Ain't What They used To Be
12. The Hawk Talks
13. C Jam Blues
14. Tenderly
Artist:
Duke Ellington
Title:
Rare Live Recordings 1952-1953 (3CD)
Label:
Acrobat
Cat No:
ACTRCD9033
Format:
CD
Price £10.99
• Four separate live performances including a concert at New York's Metropolitan Opera House previously unreleased in any form (apart from one track) – part of the Ackerman tape collection collection, an archive held in Stanford University, California.

• These rare tracks from a snapshot of a great orchestra under an iconic leader during a period when the big band market was on the wane and one night stands like these were it’s bread-and-butter work

• A welcome addition to the collections of Duke Ellington fans and big band enthusiasts

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