After a period in the US Army he moved to Chicago in 1957. There he joined the Sun Ra Arkestra, making several recordings and remaining through 1959. He subsequently freelanced as a studio musician and occasionally led his own groups before returning to Indianapolis in 1961. On relocating to New York City in 1963, he recorded extensively for Blue Note Records as a sideman. He was also a member of the World Saxophone Quartet for a time.
Duke Ellington was one of the greatest composers ever lived. He will be recognized in American history for his contribution as a black man and as an artist. It is my fortune to be able to express musically the love and respect that my colleagues and I share for the stature and magnificence of Duke’s musical genius. Duke has left his legacy of cultural enrichment to all mankind. An enrichment which will continue to be a source of inspiration and influence in the evolution of Black American music. Music transcends all boundaries. From the shadows an image appeared that cast rays of light over the entire universe. For the first time issued on CD.