The magic of the Duke Ellington orchestra, captured perfectly in a live performance at the start of the 50s – a great reminder that even on a minor date like this, Duke and the group always brought something special to the proceedings! The tightness of the arrangements is already mindblowing, but the music really sparkles from the solo voices that step out of the mix – trumpets from Harold Baker, Ray Nance, and Ernie Royal – plus Lawrence Brown and Quentin Jackson on trombones, and a reed lineup that includes Harry Carney, Don Byas, Jimmy Hamilton
, Johnny Hodges, and Russel Procope. Duke's on piano, and gets some help on the keys from Billy Strayhorn – and Kay Davis sings a bit on the mostly-instrumental set. Titles include "Violet Blue", "Rockin In Rhythm", "How High The Moon", "Tattooed Bride", "Creole Love Call", "Ring Dem Bells", "Suddenly It Jumped", "Air Conditioned Jungle", and "Jeep Is Jumpin".