Duke Ellington & His World Famous Orchestra (1946-1947)

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This mid-priced triple-CD box originally five separate LPs contains 64 tracks recorded by Ellington and his band for radio broadcast between March 28, 1946 and June 10, 1947. This was a period in which the Ellington band was, if anything, underrecorded; he'd ended his longtime stay on RCA-Victor and was moving to Musicraft and then on to Columbia, and the move between labels left Ellington less well represented in the studio than he might otherwise have been with a long-term contract. Included here are eight pieces never before available as full-band recordings, among them "Tip Toe Topic," and a trio recording by Ellington, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and drummer Sonny Greer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This mid-priced triple-CD box originally five separate LPs contains 64 tracks recorded by Ellington and his band for radio broadcast between March 28, 1946 and June 10, 1947. This was a period in which the Ellington band was, if anything, underrecorded; he'd ended his longtime stay on RCA-Victor and was moving to Musicraft and then on to Columbia, and the move between labels left Ellington less well represented in the studio than he might otherwise have been with a long-term contract. Included here are eight pieces never before available as full-band recordings, among them "Tip Toe Topic," and a trio recording by Ellington, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and drummer Sonny Greer that was never done again. There have been reissues of this material from various sources, drawn from radio transcription discs which are considered fair game for pirates overseas, but this is the only legitimate version, drawn from pristine privately collected discs, with payments to the musicians involved and their estates. From the opening rendition of "Take the 'A' Train" with a trumpet solo by Taft Jordan, the set is full of surprises, new takes on old numbers, and a handful of numbers new and unique to the box. We get the longest uninterrupted rendition of "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," and the earlier of two contemporary studio versions of Ellington's concerto for Johnny Hodges' sax, "Magenta Haze," plus a last glimpse of some of the best work of Sam Nanton on the version of "The Mooche" featured here; Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, and Claude Jones share the spotlight in "Fugue-a-Ditty," and "Transblucency" get its studio debut only a few weeks after its premiere at Carnegie Hall. The most marvelous side of the performances here, which combine the freedom of radio broadcast lengths up to nearly seven minutes, although most of what's here is in the three-four-minute range two years prior to the introduction of the LP with the best that technology had to offer, is the range of the music; Ellington's music in this era bridges the gap between big-band swing "Crosstown" and the more intimate and expressive small-group sounds with startling ease, truly beyond category in its range as depicted here. "Passion Flower," "Everything Goes," "Jennie," "The Eighth Veil," "Moon Mist" -- the range of delights contained here, from big-band dance numbers to some of Ellington's most beautiful small-scale impressionist pieces, to some experimental trio pieces, is stunning. There are also a relative handful of vocal numbers, handled by Al Hibbler, Ray Nance, and Kay Davis. None of it ever got much better than this. Oh, and the sound is killer, state of the art, and more than a match for any '40s release one cares to name. The band includes Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney, Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Oscar Pettiford, Sonny Greer, and, on "Passion Flower," Billy Strayhorn sitting in on piano.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/30/1992
  • Label: Hindsight Records
  • UPC: 014921050129
  • Catalog Number: 501
  • Sales rank: 258,625

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train - Duke Ellington (3:01)
  2. 2 Crosstown - Duke Ellington (2:47)
  3. 3 Passion Flower - Duke Ellington (3:31)
  4. 4 Magenta Haze - Duke Ellington (4:22)
  5. 5 Everything Goes - Duke Ellington (4:51)
  6. 6 The Eighth Veil - Duke Ellington (3:05)
  7. 7 Riff 'n Drill - Duke Ellington (2:46)
  8. 8 Blue Abandon - Duke Ellington (1:50)
  9. 9 Transblucency - Duke Ellington (3:52)
  10. 10 Rugged Romeo - Duke Ellington (3:03)
  11. 11 Jennie - Duke Ellington (2:15)
  12. 12 Sono - Duke Ellington (4:26)
  13. 13 The Jeep Is Jumpin' - Duke Ellington (2:17)
  14. 14 Perdido - Duke Ellington (2:21)
  15. 15 Tip Toe Topic - Duke Ellington (2:00)
  16. 16 Rockabye River - Duke Ellington (2:47)
  17. 17 Pretty Woman - Al Hibbler (2:48)
  18. 18 A Gathering in a Clearing - Duke Ellington (2:59)
  19. 19 You Don't Love Me No More - Al Hibbler (3:07)
  20. 20 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) - Duke Ellington (3:31)
  21. 21 Hey Baby - Ray Nance (2:50)
  22. 22 Suddenly It Jumped - Duke Ellington (2:51)
  23. 23 Come Rain or Come Shine - Kay Davis (2:45)
  24. 24 Fickle Fling - Duke Ellington (3:10)
  25. 25 9:20 Special - Duke Ellington (2:56)
  26. 26 One O'Clock Jump - Duke Ellington (5:38)
  27. 27 Unbooted Character - Duke Ellington (3:22)
  28. 28 The Suburbanite - Duke Ellington (2:28)
  29. 29 (Back Home Again In) Indiana - Duke Ellington (3:00)
  30. 30 Moon Mist - Duke Ellington (3:20)
  31. 31 In a Jam - Duke Ellington (3:12)
  32. 32 On the Alamo - Duke Ellington (2:12)
  33. 33 I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me - Duke Ellington (3:31)
  34. 34 Tea for Two - Duke Ellington (1:50)
  35. 35 Just You, Just Me - Duke Ellington (3:52)
  36. 36 Someone - Duke Ellington (3:21)
  37. 37 Double Ruff - Duke Ellington (2:48)
  38. 38 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing - Duke Ellington (3:18)
  39. 39 The Mooche - Duke Ellington (4:32)
  40. 40 Golden Cress - Duke Ellington (4:25)
  41. 41 Flippant Flurry - Duke Ellington (3:07)
  42. 42 Jam-A-Ditty - Duke Ellington (2:56)
  43. 43 Fugueaditty - Duke Ellington (2:43)
  44. 44 Happy Go Lucky Local - Duke Ellington (6:20)
  45. 45 Overture to a Jam Session - Duke Ellington (5:02)
  46. 46 Sultry Sunset - Duke Ellington (3:38)
  47. 47 Beale Street Blues - Duke Ellington (4:06)
  48. 48 Memphis Blues - Duke Ellington (3:16)
  49. 49 St. Louis Blues - Duke Ellington (2:37)
  50. 50 Who Struck John? - Duke Ellington (1:28)
  51. 51 Swamp Fire - Duke Ellington (3:02)
  52. 52 How High the Moon - Duke Ellington (2:28)
  53. 53 Blue Lou - Duke Ellington (3:10)
  54. 54 Violet Blue - Duke Ellington (3:06)
  55. 55 Royal Garden Blues - Duke Ellington (3:31)
  56. 56 Jumpin' Punkins - Duke Ellington (3:54)
  57. 57 Frustration - Duke Ellington (3:29)
  58. 58 Blue Is the Night - Duke Ellington (2:57)
  59. 59 Jump for Joy - Ray Nance (2:31)
  60. 60 Far Away Blues - Duke Ellington (2:43)
  61. 61 Embraceable You - Kay Davis (2:14)
  62. 62 Frisky - Duke Ellington (2:02)
  63. 63 Park at 106th - Duke Ellington (2:24)
  64. 64 Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington (0:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Orchestra Primary Artist, Piano
Al Hibbler Vocals, Track Performer
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Reeds
Ray Nance Trumpet, Vocals, Track Performer
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Al Sears Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Dud Bascomb Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Russell Procope Reeds
Sonny Greer Drums
Harold Baker Trumpet
Wilbur Bascomb Sr. Trumpet
Harry Carney Reeds
Kay Davis Vocals, Track Performer
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Reeds
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Wilson Myers Bass
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Bernard Flood Trumpet
Francis Williams Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Reeds
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Al Hibbler Contributor
Cat Anderson Composer, Contributor
Mercer Ellington Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer, Contributor
Ray Nance Contributor
Al Sears Contributor
Fats Waller Composer
Lawrence Brown Composer, Contributor
Tyree Glenn Contributor
Taft Jordan Contributor
Russell Procope Contributor
Sonny Greer Contributor
Harry Carney Contributor
Kay Davis Contributor
Duke Ellington Orchestra Composer, Contributor
Wally Heider Producer
Pete Kline Producer, Contributor
Brad McCuen Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer, Contributor
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Clarence Williams Composer
Patricia Willard Liner Notes
John Jungklaus Contributor, Remixing
William Alonzo Arranger
Fred Fisher Composer
Billy Towne Composer
Sid Kuller Composer
Tennyson Composer
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