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Track Listing
Side A:
1. Perdido (Juan Tizol-Duke Ellington-H. J. Lengsfelder-Ervin Drake) 4:37
2. Copout Extension (Duke Ellington) 8:20
3. Duel Fuel –Part I (Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 2:45
4. Duel Fuel –Part II (Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 1:43
5. Duel Fuel –Part III(Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 6:18

Side B:
1. Idiom ’59 –Part I [Vapor] (Duke Ellington) 2:03
2. Idiom ’59 –Part II (Duke Ellington) 4:36
3. Idiom ’59 –Part III (Duke Ellington) 7:07
4. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington-Ted Parsons) 3:01
5. Launching Pad (Duke Ellington-Clark Terry) 7:37
Artist:
Duke Ellington
Title:
Festival Session (180g gatefold)
Label:
Jazz Images
Cat No:
LPJIM37015
Format:
LP
Price £15.99
• In spite of its title, Festival Session is a studio album that primarily featured tunes Duke presented at the Newport and Playboy jazz festivals during 1959. The 1956 Newport Jazz Festival (the third edition of that event), had proven to be essential for Duke Ellington’s career, which at the time was struggling due to the hardships of sustaining a big band. Newport gave jazz a new popular dimension, taking it from a closed nightclub environment to an outdoor stage in broad daylight. During that magic 1956 evening, the audience became hysterical after Paul Gonsalves’ multiple choruses on “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue”. In later years, Duke used to say that he had been “born” at Newport ’56. From that point on he was a regular attraction at that annual festival, and during each edition he tended to introduce new pieces. Festival Session was given a fivestar rating in Down Beat by Don DeMicheal, who wrote, “What a wonderfully powerful yet subtle instrument is the Ellington band. In this release, it kicks its way through part of the 1959 summer’s festival material. The moods range from thundering jubilation through pixyish humor and satire to quiet reflection. By all means, listen to this.”
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