Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with his historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the original LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session. 'Money Jungle' is a thunderous opener, a blues that might be classified somewhere between post-bop and avant-garde.
The gem of the date is the fragile, somewhat haunting ballad 'African Flowers' where the floating bass line and understated drumming add to the mystique of a composition that has slowly been gathering steam among jazz musicians as a piece worth exploring more often. Ellington revisits 'Warm Valley' (a beautiful ballad) and an almost meditative 'Solitude'. Every jazz fan should own a copy of this sensational recording session.
This is a 200 gram weight (!) high-quality and super quiet LP pressing from Classic Records as part of their 'Quiex-SVP' series. In contrast to many CD and LP releases that are mastered from fifth or sixth generation copies, Classic used the original master tapes and cut the album using their all analog and tube amplified mastering process; allowing every conceivable detail and nuance from the original recording to be translated to this pressing. The result is arguably the best sounding release of this album ever available, easily surpassing standard CD and LP pressings. As usual, Classic Records have lovingly presented the album in a deluxe package featuring a high quality thick original artwork sleeve and LP labels.
1. Money Jungle
2. African Flowers
3. Very Special
4. Warm Valley
5. Wig Wise
Brand new and sealed.