A great high concept composition from Duke Ellington
– one that rivals the earlier brilliance of his Liberian Suite! Like that one, vocals are a key part of this long-form work – a special performance done for the Century Of Negro Progress Exposition in Chicago in 1963 – with an all-star cast that includes Jimmy Jones both at the piano and conductor's stand; Joya Sherrill on vocals with the Irving Bunton Singers, Jimmy Grissom, Jimmy McPhail, and Lil Greenwood; Billy Strayhorn on celeste, Juan Amalbert on conga, and other familiar Ellington
ians in the larger group! The tunes have a mix of gospel and folk roots, turned towards more modern Ellington
compositional modes – and almost all numbers feature vocals, including one with narration by Ellington
himself. Titles include "Will You Be There", "Come Sunday", "David Danced", "Montage", "My Mother My Father", "My People", "The Blues Ain't", and "What Color Is Virtue".
(Flying Dutchman pressing, in a nice glossy gatefold cover!)