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  • 1Afro-Bossa04:22
  • 2Purple Gazelle02:44
  • 3Absinthe03:36
  • 4Moonbow02:34
  • 5Sempre Amore03:16
  • 6Silk Lace02:32
  • 7Tigress03:10
  • 8Angu02:44
  • 9Volupte02:47
  • 10Bonga02:53
  • 11Pyramid03:06
  • 12Eighth Veil02:48
  • Total Runtime36:32

Info for Afro Bossa

„Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn combined old and new compositions to create the album Afro-Bossa, a suite consisting of a dozen pieces that was never performed in its entirety in concert, though several of the works remained in the band's repertoire. The title cut is a new work, though the 'Bossa' does not refer to Brazilian music; instead, it is a mix of African and Latin influences that slowly builds with insistent percussion to a blazing finale of brass and reeds.

'Purple Gazelle' (which was also recorded as 'Angelica' in Ellington's small group session with John Coltrane, was described by the pianist as a 'ragtime cha-cha.' Cootie Williams (on muted trumpet), Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, and the composer are all featured soloists. Ellington returns to the jungle sound with the exotic 'Moonbow,' showcasing a trio of dissonant clarinets and Nance's effective plunger mute work on trumpet, along with the matchless altoist Johnny Hodges. Strayhorn's 'Tigress' puts the spotlight on Gonsalves, Williams, and clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton in an infectious Latin setting. 'Pyramid' dates from 1938, written by Ellington with Juan Tizol, but it is trombonist Lawrence Brown who takes over Tizol's role, along with contributions by baritonist Harry Carney and Williams.

This is easily one of Duke Ellington's essential studio recordings of the 1960s, though it isn't as widely recognized as it ought to be.“ (Ken Dryden, AMG)

Duke Ellington, piano (tracks 1, 2, 4-7 & 9-11)
Billy Strayhorn, piano (tracks 3 & 8)
Ray Nance, cornet, violin
Cat Anderson, trumpet
Roy Burrowes, trumpet
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Buster Cooper, trombone
Chuck Connors, bass trombone
Jimmy Hamilton, clarinet, tenor saxophone
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Russell Procope, alto saxophone, clarinet
Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone
Harry Carney, baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
Ernie Shepard, bass
Sam Woodyard, drums

Recorded on November 29, 1962, December 20, 1962 & January 4 & 5, 1963

Digitally remastered

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