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Duke Ellington and Conny Plank recording session discovered

Grönland to release previously unheard Ellington tracks produced by the German sound engineer

Germany’s Grönland label has put together an album of unreleased Duke Ellington recordings from a session with producer and sound engineer Conny Plank (Cluster, Kraftwerk, Neu!, Guru Guru). (Cluster, Kraftwerk, Neu!, Guru Guru). Made at Cologne’s Rhenus Studio in 1970, the album features three takes each of the tracks “Alerado” and “Afrique”. Ellington and Plank developed a mutual respect during their brief collaboration, according to Grönland. “The likelihood of finding a good, unreleased Duke Ellington recording is slight at best,” says the German musician and critic Henrik von Holtum. “When Grönland Records called me and told me they had found exactly that in Conny Plank’s estate and asked me if I wanted to give it a listen, I felt pretty honoured and excited.”

The Conny Plank Session will be released by Grönland on 10 July.