From the Storyville Records website:
"Duke Ellington & His Orchestra toured Europe in November 1969, a time when Duke was still at the top of his powers. The new CD is a recording of the whole of an excellent concert held at De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam—a venue famous for its splendid acoustics.
The ambience is remarkable: The audience is audibly enthusiastic and these high spirits clearly influence the band. Duke Ellington and the orchestra gave two concerts on November 7th, and even though this is the second one, the musicians sound nothing but lively and fresh.Still in a brilliant mood after two concerts, Duke Ellington even played an after-party concert with a quartet—Storyville Records hopes to issue these recordings in the future."
The repertoire includes classics such as “Take the A Train” and Don’t Get Around Much Any More rarely heard as swinging as on this day, vigorous and fresh versions of Kinda Dukish and Rockin’ In Rhythm and the newer 1966 composition La Plus Belle Africaine, the centerpiece of the concert.
Cat Anderson (tp), Cootie Williams (tp), Ambrose Jackson (tp), Mercer Ellington (tp), Nelson Williams (tp), Benny Bailey (tp), Lawrence Brown (tb), Chuck Connors (tb), Russel Procope (as,cl), Johnny Hodges (as), Norris Turney (as,ts,cl,fl), Harold Ashby (ts, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bar,cl,b-cl), Duke Ellington (p), Victor Gaskin (b), Rufus Jones (d), Tony Watkins (vcl)
Take The ‘A’ Train (theme)
Kinda Dukish/ Rockin' In Rhythm
Take The "A" Train
La Plus Belle Africaine
Come Off The Veldt
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
2. Mood Indigo
3. Sophisticated Lady
Making That Scene - vTW
It Don't Mean A Thing - vTW
Be Cool And Groovy For Me - vTW
The disc may be ordered online here.
And that additional quartet performance which Storyville promise to release on another occasion, by the way:
Duke Ellington(p); Wild Bill Davis(o); Victor Gaskin(sb); Rufus Jones(d)
Just Squeeze Me