Thursday, 11 September 2014

... the Plaza, man

One of the rarest Ellington albums on the Columbia label is Jazz At the Plaza Volume II. The recording remained unreleased, I think, until the 1970s. Whilst what is essentially a needle drop of the album appeared in France in the eighties, the recording has never been released on compact disc in Duke's native USA.

It still hasn't but on 22 October, it is being released by Sony Japan who - one presumes - will have access to the master tapes. The CBS France release is, in any event, long out of print so this is an exciting release. It is a limited edition - available only until December 2015. It costs 1 000¥ - or about a fiver. Shipping costs are another issue, of course - but a desirable item for the Ellington aficionado nevertheless. Details from CDJapan here.

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