A slow building set from Duke Ellington and his amazing group of players – a rare step away from the Orchestra for the King Of Swing – captured at the Rainbow Grill in NYC's Rockafeller Center during a residency in the summer of 1967! This great little session was originally broadcast live on radio – and it starts out with just Duke, rolling loosely in a solo piano setting before the boys take their places for a wonderfully intuitive, delicate mode –one that occasional builds to a tighter sound, then just as often loosens up in a really sweet way! They roll through a few classics, some rarer favorites, all if it with a lighter swing than what's most associated with the Duke. The players include Cat Anderson on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Harry Carney on baritone, John Lamb on bass and Steve Little on the kit setting the rhythm with Duke's piano. Titles include "Heaven/
Le Sucrier Velours", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Azure", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Rock The Clock", "Take The 'A' Train/
Satin Doll", "Sophisticated Lady", "Passion Flower", "Perdido", "Solitude", "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", and "Ocht O'Clock Rock".
(Out of print.)