Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Roy Eldridge, Harry "Sweets" Edison (trumpet); Lawrence Brown (trombone); Les Spann (flute, guitar); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Al Hall, Wendell Marshall (bass); Jo Jones (drums).
Producer: Norman Granz.
Reissue producer: Ben Young.
Recorded in August 1958 and February 1959. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff and Alun Morgan.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves (Polygram Studios).
This is part of Verve's Master Edition series.
Some fine small dates with Hodges up-front and Duke Ellington around the corner. ~ Ron Wynn
Down Beat (1960) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...warm, satisfying performances..."