Review by Audio Ed February 1, 2015 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
|WOW!!! This sounds just great. It is in mono but one would never know it. The soundstage is very distinct. Yes it is a 1950 recording, yes I would have no trouble believing someone if they said it was recorded in the 60's, it really does sound that good. It is not a demo disc in terms of showing off one's system but it is for showing off how good early recordings can sound. The music is pure Ellington and if you are reading this you are probably familiar with these recordings. The performances are top notch, no more to add. The packaging is very sparse. No liner notes to speak of. I am going to be keeping my 2004 CD if only for the liner notes, I will not listen to it again. If you even have just a slight interest in Ellington, I would highly recommend that you get this. The drums and bass are rich and the horns are sharp, there are times that I wish the piano sounded better but that is a minor quibble. I sure hope AP release more like this, I for one will keep buying.
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