Kevin Whitehead reviews The Ellington Suites, a collection of previously unreleased “suites” from jazz legend Duke Ellington:
In 1958, at an arts festival in Yorkshire, Duke Ellington was presented to Queen Elizabeth II. They tied up the reception line a few minutes, exchanging royal pleasantries; our Duke politely flirted with Her Majesty. Soon after, maybe that very night, Ellington outlined the movements of The Queen’s Suite. He recorded it with his orchestra the following year, sent it to Her Majesty, and declined to release it to the public in his lifetime. It’s not clear whether the Queen has listened to it, yet.