Solo from “Take the ‘A’ Train”

Eric Dolphy

Oslo, Norway, 1964

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This is the most renowned of the Billy Strayhorn-Duke Ellington collaborations as it came to define Ellington’s band. Ellington wrote it in 1939.

Charles Mingus, the bassist, had himself participated in a jam session with Ellington. As for Dolphy, many jazz critics consider him one of the first significant jazz soloists on the bass clarinet.


Eric Dolphy, bass clarinet
Charles Mingus, bass
Clifford Jordan, tenor sax
Johnny Coles, trumpet
Jaki Byard, piano
Dannie Richmond, drums


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