In early 1963 John Coltrane said, “I was really honoured to have the opportunity of working with Duke. It was a wonderful experience. He has set standards I haven’t caught up with yet. I would have liked to have worked over all those numbers again, but then I guess the performances wouldn’t have had the same spontaneity. And they mightn’t have been any better.” ‘Trane is referring to his 1963 impulse! album, Duke Ellington & John Coltrane that was recorded on 26 September 1962 at Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliff’s Studio.
It was, unusually for Duke Ellington, a small group recording on which Jimmy Garrison and Aaron Bell shared the bass duties and Elvin Jones and Sam Woodyard split the drum playing.