DUKE ELLINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY
01/1 April-July 2001
FOUNDER: BENNY AASLAND
HONORARY MEMBER: FATHER JOHN GARCIA GENSEL
EDITOR: SJEF HOEFSMIT
ASSISTED BY: ROGER BOYES
Voort 18b, 2328 Meerle, Belgium
Telephone: +32 3 315 75 83
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Dressed To Kill, Metro 371
"Duke Ellington Downtown L.A. Jazz"
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Just to hand is an Ellington CD with the above title on an English label "Dressed To Kill" (honest!). It has 70:51 minutes of a concert, but with absolutely no details - (not at all usual for a Budget label product - $NZ 6.99, or about $US 3.00) and the recording quality is reasonably good.
There is no indication whatsoever of the location, recording date or full personnel.
The titles are: Black And Tan Fantasy; Creole Love Call; The Mooche; Newport Up; Sonet (sic) In Search Of Amour (sic); Kinda Dukish & Rockin' In Rhythm; El Gato; All Of Me; Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey; Walkin' And Singin' The Blues; VIP Boogie; Jam With Sam; Skin Deep; Ellington Medley: Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me, In A Sentimental Mood, Mood Indigo, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Sophisticated Lady, Caravan, Satin Doll, Just Squeeze Me, It Don't Mean A Thing If You (sic) Ain't Got That Swing, Solitude, Don't Get Around Much Anymore.
From Duke's announcements the band includes Clark Terry, Ray Nance, Quentin Jackson and Jimmy Hamilton, and the female vocalist is Lil Greenwood.
From the selections played, and the personnel announced by Duke, especially with the presence of Ms Greenwood, I imagine that the concert was circa 1958.
Can anyone come up with more accurate details, please?
This CD is the same as the 1959 Paris Concert on the Affinity or Charly CD.
The (1991) Affinity CD, titled "Duke Ellington Live in Paris 1959" has not been discussed in previous DEMS Bulletins. It contains selections from the two 20Sep59 concerts in Paris at the Salle Pleyel. The same selections were issued for the first time on two BYG LPs (2035/2036) and somewhat later on a double LP Affinity AFF-28 (DEMS 81/2-7). Without the Ellington Medley the recordings were issued on the CDs The Collection OR-0022 (DEMS 88/1-2) and Hollywood Nites HNC-0010 (DEMS 88/4-5), both titled "The Great Duke Ellington" with 51:47 playing time.
It does not contain Sonnet In Search Of A Moor. This composition has never been recorded during a public performance with the exception of the 28Apr57 NYC Town Hall première of the "Shakespearean Suite" and the 5Sep57 concert at Stratford at the Shakespearean Festival. The correct title for this selection is Such Sweet Thunder.
You are quite right there, and the CD "The Collection" on OR 0022 also mistakenly lists the song as Sonnet In Search Of A Moor (at least they got the title right) when it is Such Sweet Thunder.
Incidentally, the final item on the second medley is a mixture of I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart with Don't Get Around Much Anymore.
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I was in London again last summer and picked up for, two pounds fifty, a CD, "Ellington Gold". The jacket indicates that the label is also "Gold" and the catalogue number of this disc is 11. The label indicates only that these are all live recordings with the exception of tracks 1 and 2, but I do not hear applause. No further information.
Do you have any information about this disc you could share with me?
Thank you for the cassette and for the photo-copies of the cover. You are right. Only track 14 comes from a live recording, a concert at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
1.Take the "A" Train 28Mar46 11 41 32 39 82We give you here a list of alternate CD releases with references to DEMS Bulletins. This list is not complete. There are many more releases.
2.Perdido 28Mar46 11 41 34 39 82
3.Tea for Two 17Jul46 12 41 32 39
4.Do Nothin' Till .. 11May66 C 32 39 82
5.Caravan 11May45 R 33 39 59
6.How High the Moon 9Jun47 13 41 33 39
7.In a Jam 17Jul46 12 33
8.Rockabye River 11Jul46 36 34
9.On the Alamo 17Jul46 12 41 34
10.Moon Mist 17Jul46 12 41 33 39 82
11.Blue Lou 9Jun47 13 41 32
12.Just You, Just Me 17Jul46 12 41 33
13.Crosstown 28Mar46 11 41 34 39 82
14.Medley 26Nov69 32 83
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
11 = Hindsight HBCD 501-1 93/1-4
12 = Hindsight HBCD 501-2 93/1-4
13 = Hindsight HBCD 501-3 93/1-4
32 = That's Jazz TJ 032 93/2-4
33 = That's Jazz TJ 033 93/2-4
34 = That's Jazz TJ 034 93/2-4
36 = Hindsight R 28 J 3136 88/5-5
39 = Success 16139 CD 98/2-14/1; 00/3-13/1
41 = Hindsight HCD-410 88/3-5&7
59 = Charly CPCD 8259-2 98/3-6/3
82 = B&C Records 74082-2 89/1-17, /3-4; 90/1-4&5
83 = Sequel Jazz NED CD 183 96/2-10
R = RCA Bluebird 6641-2-RB 88/4-6; 89/4-4
C = RCA PD 89565 87/2-4; 87/3-2
C = RCA 0926-68705-2 97/2-13, /3-15, /4-10
Track 4 is not complete at the start. This is also true for That's Jazz 32, but the RCA, B&C and Success releases are complete.
Track 14 contains three selections from the Medley. There were in the concert three titles between Mood Indigo and Sophisticated Lady. The copy of Sophisticated Lady on this GOLD CD is mutilated. There are 13 seconds missing after approximately 3 minutes from the start of track 14. Immediately after this deletion the speed of the recording is irregular. The total time of 5:40 as indicated on the cover is not attained.
Ken Burns JAZZ
JAZZ, a film by Ken Burns, is a ten-part documentary on Public Television in January 2001 as a General Motors Mark of Excellence Presentation.
DEMS member Tony Schmidt has sent us the following reports. The first is a description of the 21 tracks Columbia/Legacy CD CK 61444, issued at the occasion of this film and dedicated to Duke Ellington. Here are the correct details about the selections:
1. East St. Louis Toodle-O 22Mar27
2. Black and Tan Fantasy -B 3Nov27
3. Take It Easy -B Mar28
4. The Mooche 1oct28
5. Rockin' in Rhythm 8Jan31
6. Mood Indigo 17oct30
7. Creole Rhapsody parts 1&2, -A 20Jan31
8. It Don't Mean a Thing 2Feb32
9. Creole Love Call 11Feb32
10. Sophisticated Lady 16May33
11. Solitude 12Sep34
12. Caravan 14May37
13. Back Room Romp -1 7Jul37
14. Ko-Ko 6Mar40
15. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 17/19Jun43
16. Cotton Tail 4May40
17. Take the "A" Train 15Feb41
18. Satin Doll 6Apr53
19. Jeep's Blues 7Jul56
20. Come Sunday = RHCO 40652-3, 12Feb58
21. Black Beauty 14Jul60
There are a few wrong dates in the liner notes: for tracks 2. 15. and 20.
There are many other discographical mistakes:
1. There was one unknown tenor/clarinet and one unknown clarinet instead of Rudy Jackson and Harry Carney. The tuba was played by Mack Shaw.
2. Wellman Braud is on bass.
5-9. Lawrence Brown came in the band in Mar32. He was not present on tracks 5 to 9 inclusive.
12. Replace Wallace Jones with Arthur Whetsel.
Because the date of 15. is three years later than indicated in the liner-notes, the personnel is totally wrong. Replace Rex Stewart and Cootie Williams with Harold Baker, Taft Jordan and Ray Nance; replace Lawrence Brown with Sandy Williams; replace Otto Hardwick and Barney Bigard with Jimmy Hamilton and Nat Jones; replace Jimmie Blanton with Junior Raglin. These are remarkable errors, since this recording is taken from the well-known sound short, produced by RKO Pictures.
19. John Cook is wrong, it should read Willie Cook.
21. Add to the personnel for this selection Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney and Aaron Bell. They are unmistakably present.
The second report from Tony Schmidt covers the ten Ellington selections in the 5 CD set, Columbia/Legacy C5K 61432, and one selection by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orch.:
*The Mooche 1oct28
East St. Louis Toodle-O 29Nov26
Black Beauty 1oct28
Mood Indigo 14oct30
*It Don't Mean a Thing 2Feb32
Echoes of Harlem 27Feb36
*Cotton Tail 4May40
*Take the "A" Train 15Feb41
In a Sentimental Mood 26Sep62
Tourist Point of View -7 19Dec66
Take the "A" Train 10oct92
The four selections preceded by an asterisk were also included in the Columbia/Legacy CD CK 61444.
The third report from Tony Schmidt is a list of all the Ellington selections used in the Television series.
Episode 1 GUMBO
Take the "A" Train 10oct92(Lincoln Center Jazz Orch.)
Episode 2 THE GIFT
Black Beauty ??28
Soda Fountain Rag 2Sep64(CBC TV Interview)
Soda Fountain Rag 8May37
Choo Choo Nov24
Red Hot Band 29Dec27
The Mooche 1oct28
Episode 3 OUR LANGUAGE
Doin' the Frog 29Dec27
Jazz Convulsions 13Sep29
East St. Louis Toodle-O 29Nov26
Doin' the Voom Voom 8Jan29
Cotton Club Stomp 12-17Aug29(film)
Black and Tan Fantasy 12-17Aug29(film)
Black and Tan Fantasy 7Apr27
Harlem Flat Blues 1Mar29
Episode 4 THE TRUE WELCOME
Creole Love Call 1Sep49
Echoes of Harlem 27Feb36
Ring dem Bells 26Aug30
Rockin' in Rhythm 23May33(film)
Old Man Blues Aug30(film)
Sophisticated Lady 16May33?
That Lindy Hop 2oct30
It Don't Mean a Thing 2Feb32
Black Beauty 1oct28
Mood Indigo 17oct30
Drop Me Off in Harlem 17Feb33
Reminiscing in Tempo 12Sep35
Episode 5 SWING: PURE PLEASURE
Steppin' Into Swing Society 13Jan38
Single Petal of a Rose 14Apr59
"Dreaming" 2Sep64(CBC TV Interview)
The Laborers Dec34(film)
Creole Rhapsody 4Mar33(film)
Jeep's Blues 28Mar38
Tough Truckin' 5Mar35
Big City Blues Dec34(film)
Episode 6 SWING: THE VELOCITY OF CELEBRATION
Ridin' on a Blue Note 2Feb38
Echoes of Harlem 19Jan38
Episode 7 DEDICATED TO CHAOS
Jump for Joy 2Jul41
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart -1 3Mar38
Kissing Bug 26Apr45
Take the "A" Train 15Feb41
Day Dream 2Nov40
The New Black and Tan Fantasy 13Jan38
Solitude 9May41(Billie Holiday)
Harlem Air-Shaft 11May45
Prelude to a Kiss 9Aug38
Jack the Bear 6Mar40
The Minor Goes Muggin' 14May45
Chocolate Shake 26Jun41
Cotton Tail 4May40
Cotton Tail Nov/Dec41(Soundie);
Work Song 11/12Dec44
Come Sunday 11/12Dec44
Emancipation Celebration 11/12Dec44
Solitude 21Apr37(Hot Club de France)
Main Stem 26Jun42
Episode 8 RISK
No Ellington just Bebop.
Episode 9 THE ADVENTURE
Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue 7Jul56
Episode 10 A MASTERPIECE BY MIDNIGHT
Perdido 7Jan59(Timex Show)
Switch Blade 17Sep62
Things Ain't What They Used To Be 24Jun64
The Old Circus Train Blues 28Jul66
Tourist Point of View 19Dec66
Blood Count 28Aug67
Latin American Sunshine 5Nov68
Sentimental Lady 2Dec59
In a Sentimental Mood 26Sep62
Single Petal of a Rose 26/27Jul88(Marcus Roberts)
Caravan 1988(Wynton Marsalis)
Stevedore's Serenade 1988(James Carter)
Main Stem 1997(Laguardia Jazz Band)
Ebony Rhapsody 26Feb34(film)
Take the "A" Train 10oct92(Lincoln Center Jazz Orch.)
The dates shown for all selections are my best guesses, since the "discography" furnished by PBS is nothing more than a list of song titles and a year, not a specific date.
The purpose of the listing in my third report is to illustrate how much of Ellington's music was used for the series and to give a chance to know what's coming as you watch the various episodes. The selections are in sequence. Hopefully Sjef, you and the other European DEMS members will be seeing this truly enjoyable series in the near future.
Last night I finished watching the 10 part, 191/2 hour documentary: "JAZZ" by Ken Burns. I can only presume that shortly it will be broadcast in Europe.
To me it's the first history of this art that has put both Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington in the proper perspective. With the exception of the first part, their lives are followed extensively throughout and rightly so. I hope everyone is as pleased with the references to Duke as I am.
We are all waiting impatiently to see the series here in Europe. The first rumours however indicate that the BBC will only transmit selected parts of the series because it is far too big and that they won't consider handing over so much air time to jazz.
We are certainly pleased with Duke's prominent place in the series, although we have our doubts if Duke himself would have agreed with leaving out so many of his talented colleagues.
We remind you of his reaction to Stanley Dance's remark in Oct71: "You are regarded now as one of the most important creative forces in American 20th century music."
Duke's answer: "If chosen, few who would say that. I would say: everybody I'm sure doesn't have the nerve to say that, you know."
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Dreyfus Jazz, FDM 36717-2
Duke Ellington Ko-Ko
distributed by Sony Music France
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This is a recent Ellington compilation, which you might want to use to present Duke to new publics. It's the cream of the forties' recordings, March-October, a few missing maybe, but with good sound quality.
The compiler is Claude Carrière, who says in the liner notes: "The most beautiful orchestra on earth at its apogee results in the most wonderful disc imaginable". If you have a business and intend to give away a sophisticated present to your distinguished clients and associates, or if you're not, but have a good friend or family member who could use an entry point to the vast Ellington catalogue, consider this one. Tastefully packaged, it is the perfect intro to Duke's legacy for both the uninitiated and the thoroughly initiated. It is remarkable that Sony is distributing RCA recordings.
Selections: Jack the Bear; Ko-Ko; Morning Glory;Conga Brava; Concerto for Cootie; Cotton Tail; Never no Lament; Dusk; Bojangles; A Portrait of Bert Williams; Harlem Air Shaft; All Too Soon; Rumpus in Richmond; Sepia Panorama; In a Mellotone; Warm Valley; Across the Track Blues; Chloe; Pitter Panther Patter.
Need I say more?
You made me curious and you are perfectly right!
The sound restoration applied by monsieur René Ameline improves substantially on all earlier efforts, the RCA centennial edition included (and that's quite something).
It simply is the best reproduction of the "Blanton-Webster band" thus far. Ko-Ko is a sensation, and there's also the first version of Conga Brava without interfering noises.
It's a funny thing that it took a French engineer to make all those great 1940 pieces sound as they never did before.
In addition to Ellington, the Dreyfus/Ameline tandem offers 19 other collections, including Armstrong, Basie, Hawkins, Fats Waller, Tatum, Parker, Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. As far as Duke is concerned, let's hope there will be a "Part Two" very soon!
It's my fifth collection of forties tracks. But ... I NEVER heard a good noise free recording of Jack the Bear, one where you can hear the music close to as it was intended - pure, transparent. Jack the Bear is in my personal Top Five of Ultimate Ellington. Played it a zillion times, can't get enough. The Blanton Webster set was a disappointment as far as sound quality was concerned. I recall Louis and I wanting to have our money back after we listened to it. Unfortunately, the same goes for some of the 1940 recordings in the complete RCA set. After hearing the revelations of the early recordings, the forties tracks are uneven; some tracks are better than ever, some are the same, some are worse. Among them Jack the Bear! So I kept turning back to my good ol' Smithsonian double LP (Duke Ellington 1940) to enjoy a decent recording. This Dreyfus CD at last offers a Jack the Bear (and that goes for all the other tracks as well!) that sounds as it shou!
ld. No distractive noises. The one Duke would choose, as he was interested in music, not in noise.
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DETS (D) 903 9002 2 CD set
Duke Ellington Treasury Shows, Vol. 2
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CD 1 400 Restaurant, 21Apr45
Take the "A" Train; Mood To Be Wooed; If You Are But a Dream; Riff Staccato; I'm Beginning To See the Light; from Black, Brown and Beige: West Indian Dance, The Blues, Emancipation Celebration, Sugar Hill Penthouse; I Didn't Know About You; Stomp, Look and Listen; Frantic Fantasy; It Don't Mean a Thing; I Didn't Know About You.
Treasury Star Parade # 233, Jun/Jul43
Take the "A" Train; Tonight I Shall Sleep; Go Away Blues; Creole Love Call; Three Cent Stomp.
CD 2 400 Restaurant, 28Apr45
Take the "A" Train; Midriff; Carnegie Blues; Someone; My Little Brown Book; Kissing Bug; Ring dem Bells; Im Beginning To See the Light; from Black, Brown and Beige: Work Song, Come Sunday; Candy; Teardrops in the Rain; Accentuate the Positive; Way Low; Take the "A" Train.
Zanzibar Restaurant, 7oct45
Take The "A" Train; Love Letters; Main Stem;
Fishing For The Moon; Riffn Drill; Kissing Bug.
Note: The Treasury Star Parade broadcast began and ended with the theme Any Bonds Today? I believe that this was played by an unknown studio orchestra. The New DESOR accepted it as a genuine Ellington recording.
If you cannot find the CD set in your local record shop you can order it directly from Storyville Records, Dortheavej 39, 2400 Copenhagen NV, Denmark.
Tel. (45) 3819 8590; Fax 3819 0110; Email <storyvilpost8.tele.dk> (See DEMS 00/4-20/2).
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Hindsight HBCD 504 (3 CD set)
Big Band Jazz
The Jubilee Sessions 1943-1946
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Taken from the legendary World War II "Jubilee" radio series, this CD presents a collection of 62 big band jazz recordings, including the orchestras of Benny Carter, Earl Hines, Elmer Fain, Count Basie, Erskine Hawkins, Billy Eckstine, Cootie Williams, Fletcher Henderson, Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Wilbert Baranco, Duke Ellington, and the International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The accompanying 20-page booklet presents comprehensive personnel listings, recording dates, track by track annotations, and liner notes by music historian Tom Reed. To purchase this CD, visit http://www.cbmr.org/bookstore/jazzmu.htm#bigband
Center for Black Music Research
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Teo Macero presents:
Impressions of Duke Ellington
Teo Records DE 0002
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Last year Teo Macero issued this CD.
Teo is, like Ellington was, a musician with many capacities. He plays baritone and tenor saxophone, is a composer, arranger and bandleader and an active record producer. His name is on many Columbia releases since 1957. He stayed 18 years with Columbia.
This CD starts with a very short (0:29) fanfare, which is claimed to be played by the Ellington orchestra. It doesn't impress me as being a genuine Ellington recording. It sounds more like Stan Kenton.
Since even Ellington sometimes didn't sound as real Ellington, I spent several hours trying to locate its origin. I haven't been able to find it. If you should ever find out where it comes from please let me know.
The selections on the (69:00) CD do not sound very Ellingtonian to me with the exception of track 11, I'm Gonna Go Fishin' by a Teo Macero group and Sophisticated Lady and I Got It Bad, two piano-solos by Tommy Flanagan on track 12.
One needs to have a more modern taste than mine to fully enjoy this CD, which contains on all the other tracks original Teo Macero compositions, dedicated to Duke and recorded quite some time ago.
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French Pianists & Tissendier Septet
Frémeaux & Associés FA 433
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Much more to my liking is this Claude Tissendier CD.
It contains eleven selections, composed and played by eleven different French pianists, accompanied each time by Claude Tissendier, with or without his septet or only by bass and drums.
All these original compositions are very much written and performed in an Ellingtonian mood. The title of the CD is very appropriate. I liked most track 3, Aaron by Patrice Galas and dedicated to Aaron Bridgers who is one of the eleven French pianists on this album himself. It is an up tempo Hodges-like tune.
Two of the compositions made me think of the same Billy Strayhorn composition, U.M.M.G., track 5, Blowing The Groove by Stan Laferrière and track 9, Spatial Mood, by Patrice Authier.
Two of the pianists are DEMS members:
Claude Bolling, who opened the set with Nuances and Claude Carrière, who closed the set with Fashion Power.
It is obvious that most albums dedicated to Duke contain at least a few and mostly a lot of Ellington tunes. Personally I feel that writing a piece which is apparently very much influenced by Duke is a much more valuable tribute.
I will enjoy listening (for 56:00 minutes) to this very pleasant CD many times. If you cannot find it you could contact Distribution Internationale: Frémeaux & Associés Export Department, 20 Rue Robert Giraudineau, 94300 Vincennes, France.
The full label number is 3 448960 243322.
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Jasmine Records JASCD 102
Mae West I'm No Angel
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I coincidentally found this Mae West CD, with 4 Ellington titles: (16) When A St. Louis Woman Comes Down To New Orleans, (17) My Old Flame, (18) Memphis Blues and (19) Troubled Waters. The sound quality is fairly good. Troubled Waters includes more than just that tune.
I guess this may not be new to you, but I think these recordings have been difficult to obtain.
The CD contains 6 original commercial recordings and 22 excerpts of film soundtracks. Total playing time is a bit more than 62 minutes.
I have listened to the copy you have sent me.
The recordings are identical to those on the LP FDC 1021 (same as Ariston 12031). The LP contains a little bit more non-musical material from the soundtrack prior to and after what you find on the tracks of the CD. There is one Ellington selection missing on the CD, Hesitation Blues.
Troubled Waters on track 19 is the complete montage as described by Klaus Stratemann on page 90 of his book Duke Ellington Day by Day and Film by Film. It contains Pray Chillun That's What The Good Book Says Troubled Waters That's What The Good Book Says Troubled Waters Pray Chillun. Only the two segments titled Troubled Waters were recorded by Ellington and Mae West on 7 and/or 8May34. The other segments were recorded on 16May34 without Ellington or Mae West.
Klaus Stratemann identified three different versions of this montage, but all three contain the identical Ellington/West recordings. The first Troubled Waters segment is one chorus (32 bars AABA). The second is a half chorus (BA). I believe that both segments come from the recording of 8May as mentioned on page 91 and documented in DESOR under number 3411a.
The version on your CD is different from the one on FDC, which is supposed to be copied from the soundtrack. But as I explain above, it is different only in the non Ellington parts and even then not in the music of these parts, but merely in the cries from the bystanders.
Klaus Stratemann is not completely clear about these three versions. Unless you read what he says very carefully, you may think that the version on the Electrical Transcription World-Program Service-Hollywood Movie Parade Program 10 (as described on page 92) is one of these three versions. This is not the case. This is a genuine alternate, of one chorus, preceded by 4 bars violin, for which DESOR has reserved number 3411b. It is probably the one, recorded on 7May, mentioned on page 91.
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Sony has just issued in Japan on their SME RECORDS (Sony Music Entertainment) the complete output of all items recorded by Ivie with Duke from 1932 to 1940. This two CD set has the catalogue number SRCS 9619/9620.
No alternate takes but very decent transfers of the original material.
The "C" Jam All Stars
This CD is mentioned in DEMS 99/4-25/1 as a BMG release with unknown number. Now we know it is RCA 09026 63569-2.
Norris Turney on CD and LP
Some CD's that are in print with Norris:
Norris Turney - Big, Sweet & Blue - Mapleshade MS 02632 (with the outstanding track Blues for Edward)
Jodie Christian - Front Line - Delmark DE 490
The Duke Ellington Orchestra Directed by Mercer Ellington - Digital Duke - GRP GRD 9548
Cat Anderson Plays W.C. Handy - Black & Blue BB 886.2
Booty Wood - Chelsea Bridge - Black & Blue BB 914.2
Norris Turney - I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart - Black & Blue 33.140
The Snooky Young Septet/Norris Turney Quintet - The Boys From Dayton - Master Jazz MJR 8130 (Norris is with the Snooky Young group)
Cliff Smalls - Swing & Things - Master Jazz MJR 8131 (Money Johnson & Booty Wood are in the Group)
Oliver Jackson - Billie's Bounce - Black & Blue 33.183
Live at Pluckemin - Harlem....One More Time - 1MT (Taft Jordan is in the Group)
Out of print CD
Panama Francis & His Savoy Sultans - Gettin' In the Groove - Black & Blue 233320
The New York Times obituary is wrong in that it stated that "Big, Sweet & Blue" was his only record as a leader.
"I Let a Song Go Out Of My Heart " is also issued under his name on LP Black & Blue 33.140. It is available on a CD with the same title, Black & Blue BB931.2. I have not seen it in a record store. I purchased my copy through Cadence. It has previously unissued alternate takes of Simplicity and You See.
Some other Norris Turney CDs:
Roy Eldridge - "What It's All About" - Pablo
Newport Jazz Festival All Stars - "European Tour" - Concord CCD 4343. (Harold Ashby is also in this band).
And there are LPs:
Paul Gonsalves - "In Paris" - Blue Star
Gunther Schuller - "Symphony In Black" - Smithsonian.
Norris Turney can also be heard on the Paul Gonsalves/ Ray Nance album "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' " on the Black Lion label. Norris appears on 3 of the album's 8 tracks including a feature solo on Angel Eyes.
BTW, the recording was produced by Michael James and Stanley Dance in 1970. I have the LP, but it was also released on CD a few years ago*. Great recording!
*See DEMS 98/3-7/2 for Black Lion BL CD 760148.
Shakespeare - Ellington - Strayhorn
See DEMS 00/1-6
I found the CD "Cleo Laine - Wordsongs".
The title is identical with the title of the book, which was described by Andrew Homzy in DEMS Bulletin 00/1-6, but my CD is Philips 830 461-2.
It contains "Take All My Loves - Sonnet No. 40" (Sonnet To Hank Cinq) and "My Love Is A Fever - Sonnet No. 147" (Sonnet For Caesar).
It was recorded between Jan77 and Feb78, and was published in 1986. It seems obvious that the book was published to accompany the CD.
Hans-Joachim wrote a very interesting essay about
Hank Cinq. See 01/1-7.
Thank you for the photocopies. From the listing of musicians who worked on this album, I can see that the recording of "Take All My Loves" is different from what Josef Mahdal described in DEMS Bulletin 00/1-6. The Ellington band conducted by John Dankworth made Josef's album. The "Cleo Laine - Wordsongs" album is recorded by a quartet consisting of John Dankworth and Paul Hart, keyboard accompanied by an unknown bass or bass guitarist and an unknown drummer.
I am not so sure that the book "Cleo Laine sings Wordsongs" accompanied the CD. Your liner-notes contain full prints of the lyrics, but no scores. That is sufficient for musical illiterates. The book is apparently for musicians.
Cootie Williams on Warwick
In about 1960 (Jepsen gives no date), Cootie Williams recorded an album for Warwick entitled "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", for which all discographies available to me give "no details", except that Bruyninckx has managed to work out that Williams plays trumpet! Despite his stated policy and the prevalence of Ellington material at one of the sessions, the album is not included in Timner. It has recently been reissued on CD Collectables COL 6121, which at least enables the instrumentation to be determined and the deduction to be made that there were two sessions, though of course their order is unknown. The unknown musicians are not necessarily the same in the two sessions. These details are as follows:
Cootie Williams with 5 unknown musicians playing baritone, piano, guitar, bass and drums: Always; I Found A New Baby; When the Saints Go Marching In; There's No You; Mack The Knife; Blue Skies.
Cootie Williams with 5 unknown musicians playing piano, guitar, bass, drums and vibraphone: Don't Get Around Much Anymore; I Don't Mean A Thing; Caravan; Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me; Drop Me Off In Harlem; I Got It Bad.
Can anybody shed some light on this session?
You must have consulted the very first edition of Timner's "Ellingtonia" from 1976. In all three consecutive editions, the session is documented under Summer 1959. It contains the six Ellington selections and There's No You.
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Ella & Duke Live
Razamataz CD RZ 4021
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I just found this CD today.
It has 37:38 playing time and 9 tracks:
Imagine My Frustration; Duke's Place; Satin Doll; Something To Live For; Wives And Lovers; So Danço Samba; Let's Do It; Lover Man; Cotton Tail.
I'm guessing it's sourced from the Cote d'Azur concerts box set, but I was wondering if you know for certain.
I am convinced that this is a copy made from the Pablo CD Ella Fitzgerald/Duke Ellington - The Stockholm Concert 1966 - Pablo/Carrere (F) 98.819 (1984).
This CD is identical to Pablo Live (US) and Pablo (G) PACD 2308-242-2; Pablo (J) VDJ 28028; Pablo Live (AU) D 40272; Pablo (G) PACD 2308-242-2; Pablo Live (J) J33J 20006 (source Jerry Valburn).
I am sure you must have one of these releases of Ella's portion of the 8Feb66 concerts. If you compare it and it is different, please let me know.
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Avid AMSC 697 (UK)
The Ray Ellington Quartet
The Three Bears
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Here is some information on this most interesting CD recently purchased. The web-site for the label is: www.avidgroup.co.uk
This Quartet, apparently extremely popular in England and on the Continent in the years after World War II, was oriented toward bop, if anything, with some emphasis on novelty numbers. Ray Ellington was the drummer and principal vocalist. He was born in London in 1916, obviously no relation to DE or even to Marie Ellington.
I was initially attracted to the CD because the Quartet in its early years featured the English electric guitarist, Lauderic Caton, whose playing I much admire. I was then delighted to find that the CD contains four tracks of the Ray Ellington quartet with "special guest" Ray Nance.
The recordings are stated in the liner notes to have been made on July 1, 1948, obviously during the two-week stand at the Palladium at the outset of the "cabaret act" tour.
The tracks are Moon Mist, Sometimes I'm Happy, I Can't Give You Anything But Love and Blues for Duke. The personnel listed in the liner notes, besides RN, are Ray Ellington (d); Dick Katz (p); Lauderic Caton (g) and Coleridge Goode (b). Timner (Fourth) lists this session at page 471, but has completely different personnel: Bill Richard (p); Lawrence Rix (g); George Goodwin (b) and Reggie Pitts (d). This session is not mentioned by Klaus in "Day by Day", but often he did not mention these incidental recording sessions.
This recording session was mentioned in 1997 in Leeds by Peter Newbrook who chaired a panel discussion titled "The 1948 British Tour".
Peter played there I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby and Moon Mist. He produced the original Esquire 78 rpms. He also unveiled the true names of the musicians, credited in discographies. The true names are now mentioned on this CD with the exception of Ray Ellington, which is the pseudonym of Reggie Pitts. Peter said" Mainly for expediency and secondly for commercial reasons the identity of the musicians was protected by giving them another name." See the conference report in DEMS 97/2-8.
It appears that the frequent scenario of musicians recording under pseudonyms for contractual reasons was again followed here. As to DE, the list in Timner comes to mind: "Earl Jackson and His Musical Champions" and so forth.
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Harold Baker "Shorty & Doc"
Original Jazz Classics
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Browsing the Amazon.com jazz cutout section, I came upon the following:
103-9040531-9943846, which is the album Shorty Baker made with Doc Cheatham, Walter Bishop, Wendell Marshall and J.C.Heard on 17Jan61. Baker's Dozen; Night Train; Lullaby In Rhythm; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Chitlin's and Good Queen Bess.
The CD bears a copyright date of 1994 and it also credits Phil DeLancie with doing the remastering that same year.
OJC (Original Jazz Classics) is the principal reissue division of Prestige.
Here is some exact information about significant Shorty Baker records, none of which are on CD:More Shorty Baker
Harold Baker-The Broadway Beat on King KSD 608 recorded 10Sep58.
Bud Freeman All-Stars Featuring Shorty Baker, original issue Swingville 2012, reissued on OJC LP 183.
George Wein-Metronome Presents Jazz at the Modern on Bethlehem BCP 6050, features Shorty, Tyree Glenn, and Pee Wee Russell. Shorty has a feature on Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, recorded 16Jun60.
The Trumpet Album, Savoy 2237 (I do not have the original LP title) features Shorty, Emmett Berry, Art Farmer, Ernie Royal & Charlie Shavers. Ernie Wilkins arranger, recorded 15Jan57.
Summer Concert 1960. The Bud Freeman Shorty Baker All Stars. Guest star is Red Allen. Jazz Archives LP JA-38. Tyree Glenn is on trombone. Very fine performance.
Tyree Glenn At The Embers. An original Roulette recording. My version is World Records Club T 430. Shorty appears on 6 tracks out of 11. Hank Jones, Mary Osborne, Tommy Potter and Jo Jones are the rhythm section. Tyree and Shorty suit each other admirably. They both have a distinctive and very beautiful sound. Both are much underrated Ellingtonians.
The Ernie Wilkins album on Savoy is titled: Trumpets All Out.
Flemming Sjølund Jensen
Still more Harold Baker
Nelson Williams "Five Horn Groove - The Duke's Trumpets" recorded Paris 1950-51 on LP Jazz Legacy JL 94.
The Mainstream Sextet 1959 on CD RCA Victor 74321 21832 2 (Germany 1994).
With Al Hall Quartet 1959 on 2 British Columbia LPs "Cascade of Quartets".
Tyree Glenn at the London House in Chicago ca 1961 on LP Roulette R 25138.
With Mercer Ellington Orchestra 1958 and 1959
"Stepping Into Swing Society" on Coral CRL 57255 and
"Colors In Rhythm" on Coral CRL 57293.
Booty Wood 1960 "Hang In There" on LP MJR 8102.
And of course, a lot with Johnny Hodges orchestra in the 1950s, not to forget his soloing with the big bands of Don Redman, Andy Kirk and Teddy Wilson in the 1930s.
Not long ago Anthony Brown joined the Ellington community, not only by producing the marvellous CD of Ellington's and Strayhorn's "Far East Suite", but also by joining the Washington and San Francisco Duke Ellington Societies and by making an interesting presentation at the Ellington 2000 conference in Los Angeles.
Anthony has made himself many friends in the Ellington community. That's why we make an exception and announce a totally non-Ellington release: "Monk's Moods" by Anthony and his Asian American Orchestra, produced by Orrin Keepnews and Anthony. It contains exclusively Monk's compositions, most of which are arranged by Anthony himself. This very interesting CD proves how much Ken Burns was wrong in suggesting that Jazz has died. Guest soloist is Steve Lacy.
The orchestra is almost identical to the one that made the very successful "Far East Suite" CD (see DEMS 99/5-22).
If you want to enjoy this second Anthony Brown CD, try to find Keeper Records/Emusic KEM 1001. It's just come out.