Duke Ellington Soul Call (Live)
Down Beat: 3.5 out of 5 - "...a live date from Juan-les-Pins, France, and finds Duke chatty as ever in a loose concert that mixes favorites with a few extended pieces..."
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- Released: March 23, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Polygram Records
Down Beat - 2/00, p.763.5 out of 5 - "...a live date from Juan-les-Pins, France, and finds Duke chatty as ever in a loose concert that mixes favorites with a few extended pieces..."
- 1.La Plus Belle Africaine
- $0.99 on iTunes2.West Indian Pancake
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Soul Call
- 4.Skin Deep
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Jam With Sam
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Sophisticated Lady
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Wings and Things
- $0.69 on iTunes8.The Opener
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Caravan
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Kinda Dukish / Rockin' In Rhythm
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Such Sweet Thunder
- $0.69 on iTunes12.Madness in Great Ones
- $0.69 on iTunes13.Main Stem
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Take the "A" Train
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Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Duke Ellington (arranger, piano); Russell Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); Herbie Jones (trumpet, guiro); Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Cootie Williams (trumpet); Buster Cooper (trombone, claves); Lawrence Brown (trombone); Chuck Connors (bass trombone, maracas);
Producer: Norman Granz.
Reissue producer: Ben Young.
Recorded live in Juan-Les-Pins, France in July 1966. Originally released on Verve (8701). Includes original liner notes by Norman Granz and reissue liner notes by Phil Bailey.
Digitally remastered by Chris Herles (PolyGram Studios).
This is part of Verve's Master Edition series.
During the month of July 1966, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra performed at the Juan-les-Pins/Antibes Jazz Festival on the French Riviera, locally known as the C“te D'Azur. Situated near a stand of towering pine trees, the stage allowed the instrumentalists to gaze at vessels sailing by on the surface of the Mediterranean Sea. Ellington & His Orchestra, sometimes graced with the presence of vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, were filmed and taped extensively. When Ellington's Soul Call album was released in 1967, there was only room for 14 tracks. These included the world premiere recording (and what could stand as the definitive version of) "La Plus Belle Africaine"; "West Indian Pancake," a smoking hot feature for saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, and "Skin Deep," a 12-minute feature for Duke's "first chair percussionist" Sam Woodyard (whose name the leader repeatedly pronounced with dramatic emphasis). An appraisal of Soul Call (in Norman Granz's liner notes) damns the album with faint praise and emphasizes that this is not "essential" Duke Ellington. On the contrary, Soul Call does contain the essence of what Duke and his men were all about during the '60s. Soul Call cannot be recommended highly enough. It is late period Ellington at his most exciting. ~ arwulf arwulf
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