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Known as a bandleader, Duke Ellington was also a fine pianist.

This composition "African Flower" (also known as "Fleurette Africaine”) was composed by Ellington and performed for the first time on the 1962 LP “Money Jungle."

This trio session featured Ellington on piano, Charles Mingus on bass and Max Roach on drums.

The album was recorded in one day on Monday, September 17, 1962.

Ellington was the elder in the session and apparently there was some friction on the date though accounts of what was behind it vary. Apparently at one point Mingus left the session and Ellington had to persuade him to come back and finish.

In his Down Beat review of the LP (he gave it five stars) Don DeMicheal said: "I've never heard Ellington play as he does on this album; Mingus and Roach, especially Mingus, push him so strongly that one can almost hear Ellington show them who's boss – and he dominates both of them, which is no mean accomplishment."

Who says creative conflict is a bad thing?



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