DUKE ELLINGTON/The Great Paris Concert, Atlantic SD 2-304 Stereo 2 LP Set. Duke Ellington and his orchestra recorded at the Olympia Theatre, Paris,on February 1st,2nd,and 23rd, 1963.
Paris is a city Duke Ellington has long known and loved. It possessed him for the first time forty years ago, and since then he has often returned, always triumphantly. In 1933, he and his band played at the famous Salle Pleyel. Six years later, not long before the outbreak of World War II, they appeared in the acoustically impressive and reputedly bombproof Palais de Chaillot. By 1963, when these recordings were made at the Olympia, an annual European tour had become mandatory. And in 1973, Ellington's first engagement of the year was to participate in a television special with French musicians-in Paris.
As this historic concert ends and the applause wells up from the people of Paris, you can hear Ellington summoning something more from his musicians. "Everybody look handsome!" he shouts.
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