Just realized this concert was only 11 days after Clifford Brown's death.
This is the modern 2 disc issue with the newly released original live concert tracks plus the famous original studio session that was sold for many years as the live concert. This is a top 100 jazz recording of all time that every jazz lover should hear. Ellington was all washed up struggling to find work in 1956, and this huge and unexpected hit album put him back in business and on the cover of Time magazine, touring with Dave Brubeck, one of the hottest pop and jazz music acts of the time.
Truly audiophile sound quality, simulated stereo, tasteful and creative panning and EQ work by the remastering crew, yields a miraculous result considering it's a live mono recording from 1956. Can't imagine what great mics they must have had on stage to get this warm and detailed sound. Go ProTools!
This album will make you want bigger speakers and make you wish you were there.