Duke Ellington Plays With The Original Motion Picture Score From Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins"
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Reprise 6141 (1964)
Description by OLDIES.com:
A CD reissue of Ellington's 1964 album on which he and his musicians interpret songs from Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins." Soloists include Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Paul Gonslaves and others.
- 1.A Spoonful of Sugar
- 2.Chim Chim Cheree
- 3.Feed the Birds
- 4.Let's Go Fly a Kite
- 5.Stay Awake
- 6.Love To Laugh
- 7.Jolly Holiday
- 8.Sister Suffragette
- 9.The Perfect Nanny
- 10.Step In Time
- 11.The Life I Lead
Composer/Lyricist: Richard M. Sherman.
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Duke Ellington; Russell Procope (clarinet, reeds, alto saxophone, trombone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, reeds, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges (reeds, alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (reeds, tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (reeds, baritone saxophone); Herb Jones, Herbie Jones, Nathan Woodard, Nat Woodard (trumpet); Lawrence D. Brown, Lawrence Brown (trombone); John Lamb (double bass); Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (trombone); Sam Woodyard (drums).
Liner Note Author: Stan Cornyn.
Recording information: 09/04/1964-09/09/1964.
Arranger: Billy Strayhorn.
Yes, it's true--the Duke Ellington band did actually make a whole album of songs from MARY POPPINS. Allegedly recorded at the request of Walt Disney himself, this selection of songs from the popular movie is remarkable both for its existence and for its imaginative Billy Strayhorn arrangements. While the source material is inescapably Disney fare, Strayhorn and Ellington work a kind of magic, transforming these children's songs into blues and bebop workouts. The tongue-twisting "Supercalifragelisticexpialidocious" is one of the main beneficiaries of the bebop treatment, while on "Chim Chim Cheree" Russell Procope's lyrical clarinet playing is prominently featured. Even in a one-on-one contest with Mickey Mouse, the Ellington orchestra comes out on top.
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- Sales Rank: 58,528
- UPC: 090431673225
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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