An overlooked gem from the 60s – Duke Ellington
work that was recorded as part of the famous Duke
& Ella At The Cote D'Azur album, but issued separately, under the name Soul Call! The stunning thing about the record is that, working on a live date in front of a European audience, with Ella on the bill, you'd expect Duke
to keep things really safe and really conservative – but instead, he breaks out with some incredible long tracks, done in a complicated yet soulful mode that ranks with his best 60s experimentalism. The album features a wonderful 14 minute number called "La Plus Belle Africaine" that's easily one of the best of Duke
's tunes from the time – plus the cuts "Skin Deep", "West Indian Pancake", "Soul Call", and "Jam With Sam". Plus, the CD features 8 additional bonus tracks – all recorded at the time – titles that include "Main Stem", "Madness In Great Ones", "Such Sweet Thunder", "Caravan", "The Opener", and "Wings & Things".
(Out of print Verve Master edition with a cutout through the barcode.)