The careful remastering process of Fantasy Jazz (Pablo) gave the forty four year old recording a complete overhaul. The hard work and attention to detail paid off. I was shocked after listening how good this actually sounded. One would never know that it was 1958 when this music was committed to tape.
What else can you say regarding Ellington’s legacy of recorded works? He was a key individual in the development of the jazz idiom and a true innovator and pioneer without equal. Listening to "Medley: Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche" provides an outstanding example of the big band sound that made his name synonymous with jazz. He was a wonderful composer and an expert at combining the fundamentals of classical with jazz music to form a blend that was both unique and imaginative.
As Duke said several times to his audience during this performance-"We love you madly," we love you too Mr. Ellington, and no doubt we will until the end of time.