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Not 5 Stars only because of picture quality*,
This review is from: Jazz Icons: Duke Ellington Live in '58 (DVD)
As one of my friends says; "I love Ellington more than life itself". I never got to see the Ellington Orchestra in person so it's mighty thrilling to watch this. My only complaint is that the technological limits of the time meant that black folk's images didn't translate well to video. The members of the band with the darkest skin look like black blobs without facial expressions some of the time. Even so, I highly recommend this disc. Just to see Duke leading his men and exclaiming "Johnny Hodges!" in his inimitable way...spine tingling.
*UPDATE 5/7/13: Revisited this disc using a Pano Blu-ray player and an HD Flatscreen. Much better picture definition. So if you're an Ellington fan, run don't walk ...