El Gato

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Italy 1958

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Again, we’ve got to thank our European friends for staging and filming something that might otherwise have been lost forever.

There’s another film of this lineup from the same time that was shot in Switzerland.

What remains of the Italian footage is not as clean as the Swiss version, but the audio is great and I like the way it was shot – and you can’t beat the enthusiasm of the Italian audience.


Duke Ellington, leader and piano
Cat Anderson , trumpet
Shorty Baker, trumpet
Ray Nance, trumpet
Clark Terry, trumpet


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