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Chico Hamilton with Eric Dolphy: The Original Ellington Suite

In August 1958, a Chico Hamilton quintet group with Eric Dolphy on alto sax, flute and clarinet, recorded a group of Duke Ellington compositions for Pacific, which for some reason did not get issued together on an album, although three were edited and released on anthologies. During January 1959, another Hamilton group, containing Buddy Collette, Paul Horn, Jim Hall, Carson Smith and Fred Katz rerecorded the selections and they were issued as The Ellington Suite on an LP. The earlier date with Dolphy seemed to be lost.

But in 1995 John Cobley, a resident of Victoria, B.C., took a trip back to his native Brighton, England, where he ran across a test pressing of the Hamilton recordings with Dolphy. It was brought to the attention of Capitol Records officials and here it is, The Original Ellington Suite.

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