Duke Ellington Live at Carnegie Hall Dec. 11, 1943 [Storyville] (2-CD)

Live at Carnegie Hall Dec. 11, 1943 [Storyville]
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: January 14, 2002
  • Label: Storyville Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Star Spangled Banner
  • 2.Introduction
  • 3.Take The A-Train
  • 4.Moon Mist
  • 5.Tea For Two
  • 6.Honeysuckle Rose
  • 7.Star Dust
  • 8.C Jam Blues
  • 9.West Indian Influence
  • 10.Lighter Attitude
  • 11.New World A-Coming
  • 12.Floor Show
  • 13.Don't Get Around Much Any More

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.Ring Dem Bells
  • 3.Medley
  • 4.Jack The Bear
  • 5.Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
  • 6.Summertime
  • 7.Cotton Tail
  • 8.Black And Tan Fantasy
  • 9.Rockin' In Rhythm
  • 10.Sentimental Lady
  • 11.Trumpet In Spades
  • 12.Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Duke Ellington (leader, piano); Al Hibbler (vocals); Ray Nance (trumpet, violin); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Skippy Williams (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton (trombone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet); Fred Guy (guitar); Alvin Raglin (bass); Sonny Greer (drums).
Between 1943 and 1948, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra typically made one or more annual trips to perform at Carnegie Hall. His second performance of December 11, 1943, is not historically equal to the January concert, which marked the debut of his complete tone poem "Black, Brown & Beige" (played complete on only one other occasion a few days later in Boston), though the sound on this two-CD set fares better than the somewhat deteriorated source material for the first Carnegie Hall concert. The music is a mix of both old and new songs from the Ellington songbook, popular hits of the day, and the inevitable medley of the pianist's most requested numbers. Illness kept singer Betty Roche from performing and limited valve trombonist Juan Tizol exclusively to section work, but the band is otherwise intact and in good form. There are a number of excellent solo features, including violinist Ray Nance in "Take the 'A' Train" (without addition of the jive vocals that became his trademark), trumpeter Shorty Baker on "Stardust," bassist Junior Raglin in "Jack the Bear," and the legendary alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges in "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." Oddly enough, this is not an aircheck, but discs the bandleader had recorded for his own purposes. Though the sound isn't flawless, Ellington fans will appreciate the opportunity to hear an entire concert from a period in the middle of one of James Petrillo's idiotic recording bans. ~ Ken Dryden

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