At Newport 1956 Complete

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646493229
  • Catalog Number: 64932
  • Sales rank: 28,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Star Spangled Banner (1:10)
  2. 2 Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke & The Orchestra/Duke Introduces (3:36)
  3. 3 Black and Tan Fantasy (6:21)
  4. 4 Duke Introduces Cook & Tune (0:26)
  5. 5 Tea for Two (3:34)
  6. 6 Duke & Band Leave Stage/Father Norman O'Connor Talks About Festival (2:30)
  7. 7 Take the "A" Train (4:27)
  8. 8 Duke Announces Strayhorn's a Train & Nance/Duke Introduces ... (0:41)
  9. 9 Part I- Festival Junction (8:10)
  10. 10 Duke Announces Soloists: Introduces, Pt. 2 (0:38)
  11. 11 Part II- Blues to Be There (7:09)
  12. 12 Duke Announces Nance & Procope; Introduces, Pt. 3 (0:19)
  13. 13 Part III- Newport Up (5:33)
  14. 14 Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves, & Terry/Duke Introduces Carney ... (0:25)
  15. 15 Sophisticated Lady (3:52)
  16. 16 Duke Announces Grissom & Tune (0:17)
  17. 17 Day in - Day Out (3:50)
  18. 18 Duke Introduces Tune (S) And Paul Gonsalves Interludes (0:23)
  19. 19 Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (14:20)
  20. 20 Announcements, Pandemonium (0:44)
  21. 21 [Pause Track] (0:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Duke Introduces Johnny Hodges (0:18)
  2. 2 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (3:38)
  3. 3 Jeep's Blues (4:36)
  4. 4 Duke Calms Crowd; Introduces Nance & Tune (0:42)
  5. 5 Tulip or Turnip (2:49)
  6. 6 Riot Prevention (1:08)
  7. 7 Skin Deep (9:13)
  8. 8 Mood Indigo (1:30)
  9. 9 Studio Concert (1:15)
  10. 10 Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke Ellington/Duke Introduces ... (1:02)
  11. 11 Part I- Festival Junction (8:46)
  12. 12 Duke Announces Soloists: Introduces, Pt. 2 (0:32)
  13. 13 Part II- Blues to Be There (7:48)
  14. 14 Duke Announces Nance & Procope; Introduces, Pt. 3 (0:16)
  15. 15 Part III- Newport Up (5:20)
  16. 16 Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves, & Terry/Pause/Duke Introduces ... (0:41)
  17. 17 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (3:47)
  18. 18 Jeep's Blues (4:31)
  19. 19 [Pause Track] (0:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
John Stafford Smith Composer
Francis Scott Key Composer
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