Duke Ellington Ellington At Newport 1956-Complete (2-CD)
Entertainment Weekly: "...dizzying jazz, from the swinging orchestra suite composed for the festival to saxophonist Paul Gonsalvas' 27-chorus improvisation in "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue." - Rating: A
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: May 11, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Sony
Entertainment Weekly - 6/24/99, p.133"...dizzying jazz, from the swinging orchestra suite composed for the festival to saxophonist Paul Gonsalvas' 27-chorus improvisation in "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue." - Rating: A
Q - 9/99, p.1253 stars (out of 5) - "...one of the most famous of jazz concerts of all time...generally acknowledged to have put him back on the map after a period in the commercial doldrums....every fan will want a copy."
JazzTimes - 10/99, pp.82-4"...presents for the first time in true stereo every note that the band played at Newport over that famous weekend of July 7/8, 1956....To hear this classic performance in stereo...is alone worth the price of admission..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Star Spangled Banner
- 2.Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke & The Orchestra / Duke Introduces Tune & Anderson
- 3.Black And Tan Fantasy
- 4.Duke Introduces Cook & Tune
- 5.Tea For Two
- 6.Duke & Band Leave Stage / Father Norman O'Connor Talks About The Festival
- 7.Take The "A" Train
- 8.Duke Announces Strayhorn's "A" Train & Nance / Duke Introduces Festival Suite: Pt. I & Hamilton
- 9.Festival Suite: Part I - Festival Junction (Live)
- 10.Duke Announces Soloists, Introduces Festival Suite: Pt. II (Live)
- 11.Festival Suite: Pt. II - Blues To Be There (Live)
- 12.Duke Announces Nance & Procope, Introduces Festival Suite: Pt. III (Live)
- 13.Festival Suite: Pt. III - Newport Up
- 14.Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves & Terry / Duke Introduces Carney & Tune (Live)
- 15.Sophisticated Lady (Live)
- 16.Duke Announces Grissom & Tune (Live)
- 17.Day In, Day Out (Live)
- 18.Duke Introduces Tune(s) And Paul Gonsalves Interludes (Live)
- 19.Diminuendo In Blues And Crescendo In Blues (Live)
- 20.Announcements, Pandemonium (Live)
- 21.Pause Track
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Duke Introduces Johnny Hodges
- 2.I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Live)
- 3.Jeep's Blues (Live)
- 4.Duke Calms Crowd, Introduces Nance & Tune
- 5.Tulip Or Turnip
- 6.Riot Prevention
- 7.Skin Deep
- 8.Mood Indigo
- 9.Studio Concert (Excerpts)
- 10.Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke Ellington / Duke Introduces New Work, Festival Suite: Pt. I & Hamilton
- 11.Festival Suite: Pt. I - Festival Junction
- 12.Duke Announces Soloists, Introduces Festival Suite: Pt. II (Production)
- 13.Festival Suite: Pt. II - Blues To Be There
- 14.Duke Announes Nance & Procope, Introduces Festival Suite: Pt. III (Production)
- 15.Festival Suite: Pt. III - Newport Up (Production)
- 16.Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves & Terry / Duke Introduces Johnny Hodges (Production)
- 17.I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Production)
- 18.Jeep's Blues (Studio)
- 19.Pause Track
Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, trumpet); Jimmy Grisson (vocals); Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); John Cook, Clark Terry, William "Cat" Anderson (trumpet); John Sanders, Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); Jimmy Woode (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums).
Producer: George Avakian.
Reissue producer: Phil Schaap.
Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island on July 7, 1956. Includes liner notes by George Avakian and Phil Schaap.
Digitally remastered by Phil Schaap (Sony Music Studios, New York, New York).
What makes this classic recording endure is the monumental level of intensity the band brings to each number. Ellington, in speaking of the band's competitive nature, recalled that they were all in a particularly fesity mode for this performance. That crackling energy translates to every number, and even extended to Count Basie's original drummer Jo Jones, who sat grinning from ear to ear in the front row, so moved by the swing of it all that he beat time for the band with a rolled up copy of The Christian Science Monitor.
From Johnny Hodges' ultra-suave "Jeep's Blues," to Paul Gonsalves' epic tenor marathon on "Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue" (which set the crowd to dancing and screaming), ELLINGTON AT NEWPORT is one of the really great big band recordings.
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