In Stereo is the first studio album by breakbeat/hip hop duo Bomfunk MC's. It reached #1 on that year's Finnish albums chart and remained charted for 69 weeks. The album's second single "Freestyler" became a chart-topping hit worldwide during the first half of 2000, reaching number one in eleven countries.
This album was not released until 1982 as a result of a lawsuit I brought against MPS to prevent them from releasing the record in the US. I wanted to have this last album that was recorded for MPS, released by Epic Records in the States. The term, "solo" for this record, means I played all the instruments. It is mostly an acoustic piano record, but a few cuts have drums and synthesizers. Yes, I played the drums. I'm no drummer, but with the help of Chester Thompson. ~ George Duke
At first glance this collaboration should not have worked. The Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestras had already been competitors for 25 years but the leaders' mutual admiration (Ellington was one of Basie's main idols) and some brilliant planning made this a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter. On most selections Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing. "Segue in C" is the highpoint but versions of "Until I Met You," "Battle Royal" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside" are not far behind.( Scott Yanow - AllMusic Guide )
Duke Ellington was constantly composing new material as well as creating new arrangements of vintage works, as heard on this Columbia LP recorded in 1959. "Perdido" is an extended feature for Clark Terry's virtuoso flügelhorn, though this would be his final studio session as a regular member of the Ellington band. "Copout Extension," a longer version of an earlier work called "Copout," showcases marathon soloist Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax. Among the new pieces, the three-part suite "Duael Fuel" features drummers Jimmy Johnson and Sam Woodyard, though the piece was dropped from the band book after 1960.(Ken Dryden - AllMusic Guide, rated 4 out of 5 star)
For this classic encounter, Duke Ellington "sat in" with the John Coltrane Quartet for a set dominated by Ellington's songs; some performances have his usual sidemen (bassist Aaron Bell and drummer Sam Woodyard) replacing Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones in the group. Although it would have been preferable to hear Coltrane play in the Duke Ellington orchestra instead of the other way around, the results are quite rewarding.(Scott Yanow - AllMusic Guide)