THE INTERNATIONAL
DEMS BULLETIN
DUKE ELLINGTON MUSIC SOCIETY
08/1 April-July 2008
Our 30th Year of Publication

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
Email: dems1@telenet.be


NEW RELEASES AND RE-RELEASES


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Jazz Beat 527 (2008)
The Complete Ellington Indigos
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DEMS 08/1-22

11. Someone (aka The Sky Fell Down)   13Mar57  57535-4
12. Commercial Time                    9Sep57  59716
 8. Tenderly                           9Sep57  59717
15. Autumn Leaves                      9Sep57  59718
13. Mood Indigo                        9Sep57  59719
14. Mood Indigo                        9Sep57  59719
 3. Mood Indigo                        9Sep57  59719-1
 9. Dancing in the Dark                1oct57  59896-2
 5. Prelude to a Kiss                  1oct57  59897-3
10. Autumn Leaves                      1oct57  59718-1
16. Willow Weep for me                10oct57  59936
 7. Willow Weep for Me                10oct57  59936
17. Where or When                     10oct57  59937
 2. Where or When                     10oct57  59937
18. All the Things You Are            10oct57  59938
 6. All the Things You Are            10oct57  59938
 4. Night and Day                     10oct57  59939
 1. Solitude                          14oct57  59960-3
19. My Heart, My Mind, My Everything  14oct57  59961-10

Again one wonders why the correct chronological sequence has not been respected. We have listed the tracks in the correct order. That makes comparing the titles with your discography easier.
Tracks 1/10 have been previously released on the CD CBS 463342 (DEMS 89/3-4). Comparing Jazz Beat with this CBS CD does not reveal any difference other than the start of the clock at each number. On CBS the starts are negative. On Jazz Beat each track starts with zero. Otherwise the clocks run synchronously. What we want to say is that Jazz Beat is not a carbon copy, but still a copy of CBS.
Tracks 1/11 have been previously released on the CD CBS 472364 (not mentioned in DEMS). We do not have this CBS CD and have compared track 11 with our LPs.
Also track 12 had to be compared with our LP. As far as we can check, this is the first release on CD.
The same is true for tracks 13, 14, 16 and 17.
It was not difficult to put the three recordings of Mood Indigo in the correct order. The shortest version (on track 3) was released first. The longest version (on track 13) had to wait until the release of the blue 5 LP set of CBS in 1984. ("Duke 56/62" 88653; 88654 and 26306, see DEMS 85/1-3…9).
Track 15 was the first attempt to record this popular French song. This is taken from our notes:
Autumn Leaves on the CD CBS 463342, is identical with the recording on the LPs CBS 52681and CBS 82682, although it is longer on the CD. [As we said earlier, track 10 is identical with the CD CBS 463342.]
The structure for the edited version can be found in [the old] Desor under # 677a. [The complete structure is now in the New DESOR under number 5738c.] On the LPs, the first chorus is missing and one can clearly hear Ozzie Bailey open his mouth to start the French version, but this French version is deleted from the LPs. We believe that the recording of 9Sep57 (on track 15) was rejected; maybe because of Duke's strong piano interventions and that the song was recorded again in the session of 1oct57 (on track 10) with the original matrix-number.
Track 18 could be compared with the CD Columbia/Legacy 512920
(see DEMS 03/2-21/2; 04/2-31 and 04/3-32). Track 19 could be compared with the CD Col CK 66372 (see DEMS 98/3-6/2).
It might be expected that after 50 years, other entrepreneurs than the original record companies would release this great Ellington material in Europe. It seems that there are plans to increase the period of protection of copyright in Europe from 50 to 90 years!
In spite of the fact that everything has been released in one or another fashion, we very much welcome this release because it makes these great recordings accessible to many of our younger friends who have missed the earlier LP releases.
The "fresh' liner notes written by Bernard Lee in 2008 make us wonder which discography he consulted to arrive at the total number of recordings of some of the titles. We have compared his results with all the discographies we have, but none of them fits. The one that comes closest is Timner's 2nd edition. It is probably the least important part of his liner notes (it has no sense to make corrections) but if they are not correct, why bother mentioning these numbers?
Milo van den Assem and Sjef Hoefsmit


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Essential Jazz Classics EJC55416
DE - Such Sweet Thunder
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DEMS 08/1-23

 1. Such Sweet Thunder
 2. Sonnet for Caesar
 3. Sonnet to Hank Cinq
 4. Lady Mac

 5. Sonnet in Search of a Moor
 6. The Telecasters
 7. Up and Down, Up and Down
 8. Sonnet for Sister Kate
 9. Star-Crossed Lovers
10. Madness in Great Ones
11. Half the Fun
12. Circle of Fourths
13. Suburban Beauty
14. A-Flat Minor
15. Café au Lait
16. Harlem
    The Controversial Suite
17. Before My Time
18. Later

Tracks 1 until and including 15 have been directly copied from the recently (1999) released Columbia CD CK 65568 see DEMS
99/4-18/2. It is also in stereo and the version of track 7 is the one which was criticized by many because it doesn't have the original ending by Clark Terry, more or less pronouncing Puck's words "Lord, what fools these mortals be". There are several alternates on this copy of the stereo "Such Sweet Thunder" album; see DEMS 03/2-19. The liner notes by Charles Boldt try to convey the impression that these are the same recordings as on the original 1950s album, the liner notes of which are also reproduced in the booklet. We agree with Charles that incorporating Strayhorn's original Pretty Little Girl into the suite with a new arrangement, the song gained new life. But we do not agree with him about who wrote the new arrangement. He says it was Strayhorn. Sjef believes it was Duke who gave the tune a new life. Walter van de Leur is not very clear about this matter; although he states very clearly that Strayhorn only composed three selections for the album; Star-Crossed Lovers, Half the Fun and Up and Down, Up and Down. All the rest was written by Duke.
The tracks 16, 17 and 18 have been copied from the Columbia CD CK 512917 see DEMS 03/2-22/1.
We welcome re-releases such as the one that follows in this Bulletin, "A Drum Is a Woman", because that music has not been available for a long time. But copying these Columbia releases comes close to piracy.
Milo van den Assem and Sjef Hoefsmit

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Jazz Track 933
A Drum Is a Woman
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DEMS 08/1-24

This CD is not the long anticipated new version by Phil Schaap. It is only another release of the same material as was found on the French CD Columbia 471320. There is one addition, the selection Pomegranate, which was earlier released on the 5 LP set of CBS, more specifically on CBS 26306, but as far as we know this is the first appearance on CD of Pomegranate. CBS 26306 and this re-release have both the original recording, which means that no bongos and no narration were dubbed in yet.
This is however a most useful release for the many people who have never found the LP or the French CD. Milo finds the quality of the Jazz Track CD far superior compared with the French CBS; Sjef doesn't hear the difference.

We have, however, a number of comments regarding the "fresh" liner notes by Bernard Lee in 2008.
It is certainly well known that the original TV performance has survived. As Rodney Evans reported to the Duke-LYM list: "
A video copy of A DRUM IS A WOMAN is available for viewing at The Paley Center for Media at 25 West 52 Street in NYC." This recording was made by putting an old-fashioned camera in front of the screen. It is a so-called kinescope and it is in black and white. Very poor copies are circulating on videotape. The LP was not recorded as it was usually done. It was composed from many different recordings, made on 17, 24, 25, 28Sep, 22, 23oct, 6Dec56 and 7Mar57. Neither Ellington nor Strayhorn, and certainly not the orchestra, were behind the scene playing live. Only the shooting of the dancers and singers was live. The music was not! The main difference between the first and second releases of the LPs was not only Duke's narration. The differences between both LP releases and the final television performance have been properly explained in DEMS Bulletins. Since the old DEMS Bulletins are all available on the web site http://www.depanorama.net/dems we do not have to reprint the discussions concerning the different versions of the releases of "A Drum Is a Woman". Go to DEMS 79/5-2; 80/1-3; 82/3-4; 03/2-18 and 04/3-14&15.
The artwork on Jazz Track has been copied from the same LP sleeve as the one which was used for the artwork for the Columbia CD. The picture was zoomed in to get rid of the LP label in the top right corner and the ticket in the left bottom corner.

Milo van den Assem and Sjef Hoefsmit


New Releases January 26th - February 1st

DEMS 08/1-25

David Palmquist agreed with me that the kind of detailed information as shown in the following title lists of three CDs, should be published in DEMS Bulletin. All the participants of the Duke-LYM discussion group have access to the DEMS Bulletins, but it is not certain that every reader of DEMS Bulletin participates in Duke-LYM. It is even less urgent when it concerns old releases.
David made it possible for me to listen to all the selections in order to check the identifications.
Sjef Hoefsmit

 

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NIMBUS NI 2014
Duke Ellington Swing Legends
24 Classic Hits
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DEMS 08/1-26

 1. East St.Louis Toodle-O        19Dec27
 2. Creole Love Call              26oct27
 3. Black Beauty                  26Mar28
 4. Cotton Club Stomp              3May29
 5. Mood Indigo                   17oct30
 6. It Don't Mean a Thing          2Feb32
 7. Blue Light                 -1 22Dec38
 8. Slap Happy                 -1 22Dec38
 9. Country Girl                  16oct39
10. Sophisticated Lady            14Feb40
11. Jack the Bear                  6Mar40
12. Ko-Ko                      -2  6Mar40
13. Concerto for Cootie           15Mar40
14. Cotton Tail                    4May40
15. Don't Get Around Much Anymore  4May40
16. Harlem Air-Shaft              22Jul40
17. Rumpus in Richmond            22Jul40
18. In a Mellow Tone               5Sep40
19. Warm Valley                -3 17oct40
20. Take the "A" Train            15Feb41
21. Chelsea Bridge                 2Dec41
22. Main Stem                     26Jun42
23. Johnny Come Lately            26Jun42
24. Stomp, Look and Listen     -1 10Nov47

In spite of what Ren Brown has suggested, this is not a recent release. It has been included in his WorldsRecords catalogue since 11Apr01.
Tracks 3, 10 and 17 were terminated too early, with the result that the very end of these three recordings was deleted.

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Jazz Archives 158142 (F)
DE Masterpieces
Original Historic Recordings

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DEMS 08/1-27

 1. Creole Love Call                   26oct27
 2. Black and Tan Fantasy              26oct27
 3. The Mooch                          17oct28
 4. Mood Indigo                        17oct30
 5. Rockin' in Rhythm               -2 16Jan31
 6. It Don't Mean a Thing               2Feb32
 7. Sophisticated Lady              -2 15Feb33
 8. Stompy Jones                        9Jan34
 9. Merry Go Round                     30Apr35
10. Caravan                            14May37
11. Diminuendo in Blue              -1 20Sep37
    Crescendo in Blue               -1 20Sep37
12. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart -2  3Mar38
13. Prelude to a Kiss               -2  9Aug38
14. Cotton Club Stomp                   6Jun39
15. Solitude                           14Feb40
16. Ko-Ko                           -2  6Mar40
17. Concerto for Cootie                15Mar40
18. Cotton Tail                         4May40
19. Don't Get Around Much Anymore       4May40
20. Take the "A" Train                 15Feb41
21. Perdido                         -1 21Jan42
22. C-Jam Blues                        21Jan42

This CD has been mentioned in DEMS Bulletin 94/2-4 but the list of titles was not complete and the contents were not checked.

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Document Records Jaz 1014
"Duke Ellington — The Bubber Miley Era"
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DEMS 08/1-28

See DEMS 05/2-33

 1. Choo Choo                             Nov24
 2. Birmingham Breakdown                29Nov26
 3. Hop Head                            22Mar27
 4. Creole Love Call                    26oct27
 5. Black and Tan Fantasy               26oct27
 6. Washington Wabble                   26oct27
 7. East St. Louis Toodle-O             19Dec27
 8. Sweet Mama, Papa's Getting Mad       9Jan28
 9. Black Beauty                        26Mar28
10. Jubilee Stomp                       26Mar28
11. Diga Diga Doo                       10Jul28
12. Swampy River                         1oct28
13. The Mooch                            1oct28
14. Hot and Bothered                     1oct28
15. Louisiana                           17oct28
16. I Can't Give You Anything But Love  10Nov28
17. Bandanna Babies                     15Nov28
18. I Must Have That Man                15Nov28
19. Tiger Rag - Part 1               -A  8Jan29
    Tiger Rag - Part 2                   8Jan29
20. Flaming Youth                    -2 16Jan29
21. Saturday Night Function             16Jan29

This CD was mentioned in DEMS 05/2-33. We were unable to check the dates and occasional take numbers in 2005, but David Palmquist (and my new computer) have made it possible to listen to the selections now.
Sjef Hoefsmit


ELLINGTONIA


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Fresh Sound   FSR-CD 472
Paul Gonsalves Cookin'
Complete 1956-57 Sessions
Bar code: 8427328604727
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DEMS 08/1-29

This is a re-release of three rare LPs,
The anthology "The Jazz School" MG 36093 (tracks 1-4) Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry, Porter Kilbert, Junior Mance, Chubby Jackson, Gene Miller; NYC, 6Feb54;
"Cookin'" Argo 626 (tracks 5-13) Paul Gonsalves, Clark Terry, Willie Jones, Jimmy Woode, Sam Woodyard; Chicago, 6Aug57;
and "The Colorful Strings of Jimmy Woode" Argo 630 (tracks 15-20) Jimmy Woode, Clark Terry, Mike Simpson, Porter Kilbert, Paul Gonsalves, Ramsey Lewis, Sam Woodyard; Chicago, 2Sep57.
Tracks 5-14 have been re-released earlier on Chess 0007 - GRD 819, see DEMS 99/4-24/5.
I found my Fresh Sound copy for only € 9.90.
Milo van den Assem

I found mine at http://www.jazzmessengers.com/ProductInfo.asp?ref=117180
Richard Ehrenzeller

 1. It Don't Mean a Thing
 2. Take Nine
 3. Everything Happens to Me
 4. Don't Blame Me
 5. Festival
 6. Clark's Bars
 7. Daddy-O's Patio
 8. Blues
 9. Impeccable
10. Paul's Idea
11. Phat Bach
12. Milli Terry
13. Funky
14. The Girl I Call Baby
15. Falmouth Recollections
16. The Way You Look Tonight
17. Foofy for President
18. The Man from Potter's Crossing
19. Dance of the Reluctant Drag
20. Empathy, for Ruth

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Arbors Jazz 19350 (2007)
Carol Sloane — Dearest Duke
with Ken Peplowski and Brad Hatfield (piano)
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DEMS 08/1-30

Sophisticated Lady; Solitude; I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart; Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me;
I Didn't Know about You; Serenade to Sweden; Mood Indigo; Rocks in My Bed, I Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues; In a Sentimental Mood; Prelude to a Kiss; Day Dream; I Got It Bad; Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin', All too Soon; Just Squeeze Me.

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Percussion Power - Perc2 (2008)
Louie and Clark Expedition 2
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DEMS 08/1-31

The selections: Chicago Suite: State Street Swing, City of Seasons, The Blues Singer, Lake Shore Drive;
Davenport Blues; Two Guys and a Gal; Piacere; Give Me the Good Time; Ballade; Terry’s Mood; Back to the Basics (Old); Now (The Young); Well Alright Then.

These are the members of the marvellous 17 piece band with Clark Terry as guest soloist:
Stantawn Kendrick, alto, sopr. sax., flute; Albert Alva, conductor, alto sax., flute; Steve Guerra, tenor saxophone; Whitney Slaten, tenor saxophone; Adam Schroeder, baritone saxophone; Stafford Hunter, trombone; Andrae Murchison, trombone; Cameron MacManus, trombone; Jack Jeffers, contractor, bass trombone; Frank Greene, trumpet & flugelhorn; Tony Lujan, trumpet & flugelhorn; Stjepko Gut, trumpet & flugelhorn; Greg Glassman, trumpet & flugelhorn; Helen Sung, piano; Marcus McLaurine, bass; Sylvia Cuenca, drums; Kenny Washington, drums.
All compositions are by Louie Bellson. The CD is available on www.cdbaby.com/cd/bellson.
Visit the new website: www.LouieBellson.Info or www.LouieBellson.Net


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Altrisuoni AS 079
SMADA
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DEMS 08/1-32

Nathanael Su on also sax and Fredi Lüscher on piano recorded the following 10 selections in Zürich in 2000, which resulted in an agreeable CD: Azalea; Smada; Drop Me Off in Harlem; African Flower [sic]; To the Bitter; Come Sunday; The Mooche; Serenade to Sweden; Self Portrait of the Bean; Latin American Sunshine. The title To the Bitter as well as the melody are unknown to me. The closest is the title To Be Better in Timner's alphabetic title list in his 5th edition without any further explanation. On the web-site of Altrisuoni (www.altrisuoni.com) it is credited to Duke Ellington. Self Portrait of the Bean is also known as Grievin'. If you want to contact Altrisuoni: P.O.Box 804, CH-6962 Viganello (Switzerland). Tel/fax +41 91 605 4221.
Sjef Hoefsmit**