DUKE ELLINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY
05/3 December 2005 - March 2006
Our 27th Year of Publication.
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The New DESOR corrections
We remind you that these corrections are
merely suggestions. They are not (yet) accepted by the authors of the
New DESOR. Unsigned suggestions were brought in by Hoefsmit.
Pages 552 and 1441. The Sacred Concert in Barcelona on 24Nov69 (New DESOR 6966) was played with three trombone players. The chair of Åke Persson was taken by Miquel Badia Graells. Miquel was born in Guissona on 12Sep26. He was professor at the Conservatoire Municipale de Musique de Barcelona. He is the author of some books about playing the trombone. He told me that he had only one rehearsal on the same day of the concert with the complete score given to him by Tom Whaley. During the concert he played parts for the first, second and third trombone. I think that he should be mentioned in the New DESOR.
Jordi Navas Ferrer
Page 1137. Someone. I am a little bit confused. Someone on page 1137 of DESOR gives Alone Again as an alternate title. Yet in the recordings DE 4202 it starts off as Someone, then on DE 4205, 4215 and 4355 the title in parentheses following Someone is Blue Again, returning again to Someone on DE 4418.
Indeed. Something is wrong here. I have understood that in order to be able to assemble a list of recordings of the same tune in Volume II, the authors of the New DESOR had to give each specific tune only one main title in Volume I. In cases where another title, different to this main title, was given to the tune in a broadcast, on a release or in some publication, that other, so-called sub-title, was put between parentheses after the main title. In cases where a sub-title already existed as the main title for a totally different tune, that sub-title was followed by a # sign, to indicate that it was now a sub-title and not the main title.
Blue Again is the main-title of the well-known Dorothy Fields Jimmy Mc Hugh song which Duke recorded for Victor on 26Nov30. Someone is the title of an Ellington/Strayhorn composition, recorded for Victor on 26Feb42. It received later different sub-titles like Alone Again, You've Got My Heart, The Sky Fell Down and Blue Again.
Thus, each time Blue Again is used as a sub-title for Someone it should be followed by the # sign.
One may wonder how the sub-title Blue Again follows Someone in the New DESOR for the broadcast of 7May42 (4205) since apparently the authors did not have a recording to listen to on that occasion. They may have decided to accept the sub-title Blue Again because Benny Aasland gave in his WaxWorks (1978) a complete rundown of the broadcast of 7May42 (42-4) which included Blue Again (Someone).
Blue Again may have been mentioned by the announcer in the broadcasts of 26Jul42 (4215) before or after the performance of Someone. It is however without any announcement on my tape. Jerry Valburn reported the find of this 26Jul42 broadcast in DEMS Bulletin 85/3-4 and he gave as the opening title Blue Again. That title may have been mentioned on his acetate. The Someone that opened the broadcast of Sep43 (4355) was clearly announced as Blue Again.
I suggest that after the sub-titles Blue Again in the broadcasts of 7May42 (4205) and Sep43 (4355) the # sign should be placed like it has been done in the broadcast of 26Jul42 (4215), and that the sub-title Blue Again with the # sign should be added to the other sub-titles on page 1137 as was done on page 1155 with Pretty Girl #.
The question remains where the sub-titles Alone Again and You've Got My Heart came from. They have apparently never been used for a release or in a broadcast. They have been found on the Recording sheet of New York Studio No.1 Feb.26-1942. The type-writer-written Someone has been cancelled as title and replaced by a hand-written You've Got My Heart per letter Pub 3/17. The title You've Got My Heart has also been deleted. The title ("Alone Again") has been hand-written put after the typed SOMEONE F.T. No Vocal. Actually Alone Again is the only title which was not deleted.
It seems that it took some time to decide if this recording would be released. An almost unreadable remark has been "translated" by a later official (or a researcher) as follows: Do not release until Ellington is ready per letter Abe Olman (?) (Robins) 11/2/43. Another remark says: OK 4/14/44.
In the same session also What Am I Here For was replaced by an unreadable title per letter Robbins Mus Corp 3/19/42. This hand-written title was also deleted but apparently didn't make it into the discographies since it was unreadable. If I had to I would say: Echiopia in Notion.
Page 1159. (See DEMS 05/2-37) We agree with you about the last 8 bars of the 1° chorus of Stomp Look and Listen is CA indeed. But in the 4° chorus, on the other hand, the soloist is certainly TJ.
Luciano Massagli and Giovanni Volonté
Page 1440. Here are some alternative names for Ivie Anderson. She might have used Jones or Smith in early years.
According to the California Death Index, 1940- 1997:
Name: COLLINS, IVIE ANDERSON
Social Security #: 0
Birth Date: 10 Jul 1904
Death Date: 28 Dec 1949
Mother's Maiden Name: JONES
Father's Surname: SMITH
I have been unable to locate Ivie's birth certificate. It looks fairly certain that she was born July 10, 1904; not 1905.
Pages 1445 and 1488. (See DEMS 05/2-37) We have found in Stratemann (pag. 171/72) that JR was already in the band in Oct41.
Luciano Massagli and Giovanni Volonté
The date of Jimmie Blanton's departure from the band seems still to be a bit of a mystery. In DEMS 94/1-5 Jerry Valburn wrote: From a recent letter received from Don Manning in Portland, Oregon, I quote: "Incidentally he (Stratemann) erred. Jimmy [sic] Blanton did go to Seattle's Palomar Theatre [15Dec41] as I met him there and got his autograph."
Question remains, did Jimmie actually play during that concert?
DESOR small corrections
These corrections are authorised by Luciano
Massagli and Giovanni Volonté.
Volume 1(Corrections December 2005)
DESOR small corrections 5011
Volume 1(Corrections December 2005 continued)
Volume 2(Corrections December 2005)
The New DESOR correction-sheets
1073 - 3311 NYC 15Aug33 05/2-12
6736 Stuttgart 6Mar67 03/2-28 p470
9047 Chicago 11Aug31 05/2-20
1074 - 9048 Paris Mar61 05/2-30
9049 Los Angeles 5Aug47 05/2-13
9050 Los Angeles 6Aug47 05/2-13
9051 Los Angeles 7Aug47 05/2-13
1075 - 9052 Las Vegas ¤ end Dec70 05/1-35
Correction-sheet 1075 is waiting for more corrections.
2005 - New structure for Piano Tinkle
Correction-sheet 2005 is waiting for more corrections.
3023 - 31Jul58/2Sep64 DVD CMB 960092 05/2-17
The Piano Player Storyville 1018399 05/2-30
4560/71/61 DETS Vol.12 05/3-45
9052 Neon Tonic Records NTD 6502 05/1-35
4001 - Richardson, Jerome 6636 04/1-31 p426
Latif, Aziz 6364g, 6747q, 7343g 04/2-50 p473
Taylor, Dave 7034 05/2-37 p1497
Correction-sheet 4001 is waiting for more corrections.
5010 -Two pages with small corrections, assembled April 2005, from page XXII until and including 1487 (see 05/1-39); assembled August 2005, from page 1 until and including 1505 (see 05/2-38) and assembled December 2005, from page XI until and including 317 (see 05/3-57).
See for older Correctionsheets: DEMS 04/133, DEMS 04/2-52, DEMS 04/3-52, DEMS 05/1-40 and DEMS 05/2-39