Duke Ellington Live in Zurich Switzerland: 2.5.1950
- Released: November 12, 2007
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Tcb Music
- 1.Suddenly It Jumped
- 2.Ring Them Bells
- 3.Creole Love Call
- 5.Air Conditioned Jungle
- 6.How High the Moon
- 7.The Tattooed Bride
- 8.Take the "A" Train
- 9.Frankie and Johnny
- 10.Rockin' in Rhythm
- 11.Violet Blue
- 12.St. Louis Blues
- 14.The Jeep Is Jumpin'
Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington; Alva McCain (saxophone); Ray Nance (trumpet); Quentini Jackson, Theodore Kelly, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Wendell Marshall (bass guitar); Nelson Williams , Butch Ballard, Don Byas, Ernie Royal, Harold Baker, Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Kay Davis, Al Killian, Russell Procope, Sonny Greer, Billy Strayhorn.
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Kay Davis, Ray Nance (vocals); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (bass clarinet, saxophone); Johnny Hodges (saxophone, alto saxophone); Don Byas, Alva Beau McCain, Russell Procope (saxophone); Nelson Williams , Ernie Royal, Harold Baker, Al Killian (trumpet); Lawrence D. Brown, Quentin Jackson (trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Butch Ballard, Sonny Greer (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Peter Pfister.
Recording information: Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (05/02/1950).
Photographers: Theo Zwicky; Werner Keller.
Discovered nearly 60 years after it was recorded, this pristine live set finds the Duke Ellington Orchestra firing on all cylinders. While the band had experienced a postwar dip in its U.S. popularity from which it wouldn't recover until after its appearance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, it was still regarded with awe in Europe. With a lineup composed of such jazz legends as the drummer Sonny Greer, the saxophonist Harry Carney, and the trumpeter Ray Nance, the veteran orchestra swings its way through such classics as "Creole Love Call," "Take the A Train," and "The Jeep Is Jumpin'" with astonishing verve and energy.
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