In the early 1960s, Frank Sinatra signed his musical hero Duke Ellington to his fledgling Reprise label. Duke responded by pairing his all-star band with the Paris Symphony Orchestra. The results remain unique in the Ellington canon. While the ever-creative Ellington used classical motifs and orchestral leanings before and after this session, this time out proves that an enormous classical symphony can actually swing along with his band. A real blast, with plenty of space for solo stars such as Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney.