For about forty years I have been aware of this album but never heard it. What a treat. One of the best later Ellingtons, as enjoyable as the magnificent New Orleans Suite. Far East Suite ( a misnomer but Duke is entitled to indulge in misleading titles! ) is beautifully composed and arranged by Ellington and Strayhorn and the numbers, varying in tempo and emotional and descriptive content, cohere into a satisfying whole. Jimmy Hamilton's is particularly striking both as a soloist and in the clarinet led ensembles (with Russell Procope). Hodges and Gonsalves are, as one has become accustomed to expect, produce engaging solos.