On the evening of July 3, 1958, Duke Ellington closed the first evening of the Newport Jazz Festival with a set that included quite a bit of new, unfamiliar material in addition to old favorites. But difficulties with the sound, among them some rough ensemble passages, stray noises on-stage, and occasionally off-mike solos caused Ellington to choose to re-record several selections in the studio for what was first issued on LP as Live at Newport 1958, with added live announcements and overdubbed applause. This two-CD set includes the entire live set, warts and all, while omitting the separate studio re-creations. Historically, it is an important release in that the performances are preserved intact, with outstanding solos by Paul Gonsalves ("Happy Reunion") and flügelhornist Clark Terry ("Juniflip"), along with the pairing of Shorty Baker (trumpet) with violinist Ray Nance in "Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool" and guest Gerry Mulligan joining Harry Carney for the baritone sax feature "Prima Bara Dubla." But the vocals by Ozzie Bailey and Lil Greenwood are forgettable, while the addition of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is ill-fitting for the live setting. This is far from Duke Ellington's best work in a live setting, but serious collectors will still want to acquire it.