Al Haig – Expressly Ellington (1978)

Al Haig - Expressly Ellington (1978)
Artist: Al Haig
Album: Expressly Ellington
Genre: Bop
Origin: USA
Released: 1978
Quality: mp3, 239-273 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Just Squeeze Me (But Don’t Tease Me)
2. Body and Soul
3. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
4. Lush Life
5. Perdido
6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)
7. Flamingo
8. Sophisticated Lady

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Pianist Al Haig and his longtime bassist Jamil Nasser are heard co-leading a quartet in London that also includes the fine tenorman Art Themen and drummer Tony Mann. Despite the title, the repertoire is not exclusively by Duke Ellington; of the eight songs, four are by Duke and there is a song apiece from Billy Strayhorn and Juan Tizol, in addition to “Flamingo” and “Body and Soul.” Few surprises occur, but the boppish music on this LP is enjoyable and should be of interest to straight-ahead jazz collectors.
Review by Scott Yanow

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