EW Staff
June 25, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ellington at Newport 1956 -- Complete

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Duke Ellington
Producers
Columbia/Legacy
We gave it an A

Many religions have resurrection myths: in Dylanology, the day he caused a near-riot at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival; and in Ellingtonia, the day he caused a near-riot at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. What makes Newport the Galilee of American music, besides all the sand? In Ellington’s case, dizzying jazz, from the swinging orchestral suite composed for the festival to saxophonist Paul Gonsalvas’ 27-chorus improvisation in ”Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue.”
Ellington at Newport 1956 — Complete: A

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