A duke is like a sovereign prince or a nobleman. What an appropriate nickname for him. Calling him mister or sir just seems so inadequate and uncomplimentary for one of America’s most influential jazz ambassadors.
Anyway … if you’re like Clint Eastwood and you like jazz there’s no way you can not like this album. Of all the compositions Duke Ellington spun during his 1960s tenure on the U.S. State Department international touring circuit, this album Far East Suite (1966) is considered a crowning jewel. Check out this review published by Kurt Gottschalk: allaboutjazz.com: Duke Ellington: Far East Suite (2004). It supplies good background info and excellent insight and perspective. Or … you could just listen to a music sampler.
[NOTE: The music is available on MP3, however, to purchase a CD, it is only manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media.]
By Treathyl FOX, aka CMoneyspinner
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