Music Review: “Alerado (Take 2)” by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


TRACK 2

“Alerado (Take 2)”

From Duke Ellington & His Orchestra’s The Conny Plank Session

GRÖNLAND

Liner notes: Get your cool on, ’70s style, with a swinging mix of lounge organ, breezy flute, and brassy orchestral flourishes. Finger snapping encouraged.

Behind the music: German producer and sound engineer Conny Plank collaborated with Ellington on this unreleased session before he became known for his work with Kraftwerk and Eurythmics.

Check it out if you like: Later Duke (not as consistent but still rewarding).

We couldn’t find audio for “Alerado (Take 2)” online, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a feel for The Conny Plank Session. The above audio is “Afrique (Take 3, Vocal)” another track off the album.

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