Filmed lived performance of Duke Ellington and orchestra with the inimitable Billy Strayhorn in the audience.
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Cat Anderson, Rolf Ericson, Herbie Jones, Cootie Williams, t; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, tb; Chuck Connors btb; Jimmy Hamilton, cl, ts; Johnny Hodges, as; Russell Procope, as, cl; Paul Gonsalves, ts; Harry Carney, bs; Duke Ellington, p; Ernie Shepard, b; Sam Woodyard, d.
Ernie Shepard’s scatting is beyond sublime! Of course, this piece of music is a tie-in to that glorious astral plane dream adventure with über-sexy dream shaman, Merlin: my lover, my man, my duxypuss, my everything, my merry magical musical, intellectual task companion!
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