Jam With Sam – 1966

Duke Ellington

A rousing number featuring many of Ellington’s sidemen

At least since 1951 and continuing into the late 1960s, Duke Ellington used the rapid blues “Jam With Sam” as a vehicle to humorously introduce and briefly feature a variety of his sidemen.

On this version from 1966, among the musicians heard from are tenor-saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, trombonist Lawrence Brown, Russell Procope on alto, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, and at its conclusion, arguably the greatest of all high-note trumpeters, Cat Anderson.

There is a surprise at the end when one realizes that the drummer (who had recently left the John Coltrane Quartet) is Elvin Jones!

-Scott Yanow


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