It's often said that the late material by Duke Ellington is some of his most adventurous and exciting – and with this rare album from 1973 as proof, we'd have to agree! Collages features Duke's piano playing backed by a large symphonic group conducted by Canadian leader Ron Collier. The style is very dark, with washes of chromatic sound from the orchestra supporting Duke's edgey piano on a haunting set of compositions by Collier, Gordon Delamont, and Norman Symonds. Titles include "Aurora Borealis", "Collage No 3", and "Fair Wind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing! Cover has light aging on back, and a small bit of splitting on the bottom seam – but vinyl is great.)
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Barney Kessel —
On Fire ... LP Emerald, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
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Rare and groovy work by Barney Kessel – originally recorded for a strange subsidiary of Phil Spector's record label! The album's quite different than some of Kessel's other albums of the earlier years – recorded live with a gritty feel that's really nice – a bit more edge on the strings of the guitar, and a rumbling tone that's a far cry from his lighter work for Contemporary in the 50s. Kessel still retains much of his ability to produce a bell-like tone on the guitar – but he rings out with a tremendous amount of force – spurred on by the crackling club rhythm section of Jerry Scheff on bass and Frank Capp on drums. Titles include 2 great originals – "Slow Burn" and "Sweet Baby" – plus an excellent version of "Recado Bossa Nova", and the tunes "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Just In Time", and "One Mint Julep". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese Teichiku pressing, with insert – ULS 6098 B.)