At Newport 1956 Complete

At Newport 1956 Complete

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by Duke Ellington
     
 

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One of the greatest live jazz festival recordings ever has gotten better, and more interesting as well, with this 1999 reissue, a result of the kind of effort that most record companies normally won't even discuss. Ellington's original 1956 Newport album was his best-selling long-player ever, and re-established him, after a two-year

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One of the greatest live jazz festival recordings ever has gotten better, and more interesting as well, with this 1999 reissue, a result of the kind of effort that most record companies normally won't even discuss. Ellington's original 1956 Newport album was his best-selling long-player ever, and re-established him, after a two-year drought in the wake of his unsuccessful stay at Capitol, as a vitally popular jazz artist, perceived as worth courting by the major labels. But that record was, in keeping with Columbia's standard operating proceedure of the day, a cut-and-paste job made up of studio re-recordings of the festival's repertory. The producers of the 1999 double-CD reissue, containing 20 tracks, have assembled the complete live performance in true, real stereo as well as the studio-produced tracks. The result is the first complete consideration of the actual Newport performance, as well as a complete account of the studio-generated portions of the original release. The highlight is an extraordinarily vivid account of Paul Gonsalves' legendary 27-chorus tenor sax solo on "Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue." The latter ends Disc One, and Disc Two gives a vivid account of the aftermath of Gonsalves' moment of glory and finishes the live set. The concert portion is followed by the original LP's studio-generated fake-live productions, which aren't as exciting as the live renditions, but are worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099706493228
catalogNumber:
902885
Rank:
18366

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Star Spangled Banner
  2. Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke & The Orchestra/Duke Introduces
  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 Festival
  7. Take the "A" Train
  8. Duke Announces Strayhorn's a Train & Nance/Duke Introduces ...
  9. Part I- Festival Junction
  10. Duke Announces Soloists: Introduces, Pt. 2
  11. Part II- Blues to Be There
  12. Duke Announces Nance & Procope; Introduces, Pt. 3
  13. Part III- Newport Up
  14. Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves, & Terry/Duke Introduces Carney ...
  15. Sophisticated Lady
  16. Duke Announces Grissom & Tune
  17. Day in - Day Out
  18. Duke Introduces Tune (S) And Paul Gonsalves Interludes
  19. Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue
  20. Announcements, Pandemonium
  21. [Pause Track]

Disc 2

  1. Duke Introduces Johnny Hodges
  2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  3. Jeep's Blues
  4. Duke Calms Crowd; Introduces Nance & Tune
  5. Tulip or Turnip
  6. Riot Prevention
  7. Skin Deep
  8. Mood Indigo
  9. Studio Concert
  10. Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke Ellington/Duke Introduces ...
  11. Part I- Festival Junction
  12. Duke Announces Soloists: Introduces, Pt. 2
  13. Part II- Blues to Be There
  14. Duke Announces Nance & Procope; Introduces, Pt. 3
  15. Part III- Newport Up
  16. Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves, & Terry/Pause/Duke Introduces ...
  17. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  18. Jeep's Blues
  19. [Pause Track]

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