Duke Ellington The Alternative Takes, Volume 9: 1942-1947
- Released: October 22, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Neatwork
- 1.Ain't the Gravy Good - ("Corrected" track., bonus track)
Personnel includes: Duke Ellington, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, "Tricky Sam" Nanton, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Barney Bigard, Lawrence Brown, Ben Webster, Jimmy Hamilton, Al Sears, Joya Sherrill, Taft Jordan, Al Hibbler, Ivie Anderson.
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Cootie Williams (vocals, trumpet); Joya Sherrill, Al Hibbler (vocals); Fred Guy (guitar); Ivie Anderson (violin); Johnny Hodges (clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Harry Carney, Russell Procope (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Chauncey Houghton, Barney Bigard (clarinet); Otto Hardwick (alto saxophone, bass saxophone); Al Sears, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Billy Taylor, Sr. , Oscar Pettiford, Junior Raglin, Bob Haggart (bass saxophone); Dud Bascomb, Harold Baker, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Francis Williams , Wallace Jones, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Rex Stewart (cornet); Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown , Tyree Glenn, Wilbur De Paris, Claude Jones (trombone); Juan Tizol (valve trombone); Billy Strayhorn (piano); Hillard Brown, Sonny Greer (drums).
Recording information: Chicago, IL (01/21/1942-10/06/1947); Los Angeles, CA (01/21/1942-10/06/1947); New York, NY (01/21/1942-10/06/1947); Radio WNEW, New York, NY (01/21/1942-10/06/1947).
Director: Duke Ellington.
Arranger: Duke Ellington.
The Alternative Takes series is of immense value to consumers of the "French Classics" CD series. These are alternate takes in chronological order of historic jazz (and some blues) with a strong representation of the swing era. The Alternative Takes, Vol. 9: 1942-1947 contains 24 Duke Ellington tracks on a single disc including multiple takes of "H'ya Sue" and single versions of "Lover Man," "C Jam Blues," and "Perdido." While the disc is definitely directed toward collectors, anyone with an interest in this period of jazz will also enjoy it. ~ Al Campbell
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