Ella & Duke at the Côte D'Azur

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This two-disc package features highlights from several concerts by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald during the Le Festival International de Jazz d'Antibes-Juan-les-Pins in the south of France between July 26 and July 29, 1966. Both jazz legends are in top form throughout and the obvious affection between them results in some sublime musical interaction. This CD set also includes a pair of additional Ellington pieces -- "The Trip" and "Jive Jam" -- from the 29th. Although the collection lacks the organic cohesion of a singular performance, the 18 tracks do feature some undeniably prime moments. Of the nine vocals, only three -- "Mack the Knife," "It Don't Mean a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This two-disc package features highlights from several concerts by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald during the Le Festival International de Jazz d'Antibes-Juan-les-Pins in the south of France between July 26 and July 29, 1966. Both jazz legends are in top form throughout and the obvious affection between them results in some sublime musical interaction. This CD set also includes a pair of additional Ellington pieces -- "The Trip" and "Jive Jam" -- from the 29th. Although the collection lacks the organic cohesion of a singular performance, the 18 tracks do feature some undeniably prime moments. Of the nine vocals, only three -- "Mack the Knife," "It Don't Mean a Thing...," and "Just Squeeze Me..." -- feature both Sir Duke and Ella together. Otherwise, Fitzgerald is backed by the more intimately suitable Jimmy Jones trio. Additionally, it should be noted that during this series of concerts, Fitzgerald lost her sister. So between sets she flew to New York and back to France to honor the engagement. Although a consummate professional, this undoubtedly affected the uniformity in her performance. Unscathed however is her signature scat style of vocal improvisations -- especially on "It Don't Mean a Thing..." -- which is effortless and effervescent throughout. This is contrasted by the emotive affection of tracks such as "The More I See You." The Ellington performances are typical of his mid-'60s sets. His orchestra is especially effective on the wailin' "Diminuendo in Blue" -- featuring a blistering blow from Paul Gonsalves tenor sax. Another particularly inspiring track is the ten-plus-minute "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues" -- featuring Ellington on keys doing his best Thelonious Monk imitation. He emphatically interjects chords that are ever so slightly askew, yet rhythmically perfect. [In 1998 Verve issued an eight-disc collection titled Cote d'Azur Concerts on Verve -- while this may be a bit on the excessive side, the set offers interested parties a much more accurate overview of the festival -- including a rare public rehearsal from the Ellington congregate.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453903029
  • Catalog Number: 539030
  • Sales rank: 36,593

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Mercer Ellington Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Jo Jones Drums
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin, Cornet, Vocals
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Dud Bascomb Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Grady Tate Drums
Russell Procope Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors Trombone
Wilbur Bascomb Sr. Trumpet
Harry Carney Baritone Saxophone
Buster Cooper Trombone
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hughart Bass
Jimmy Jones Piano
John Lamb Bass
Sam Woodyard Drums
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Herbie Jones Trumpet
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
William Cat Anderson Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Chris Herles Mastering
Bob Weinstein Composer
Cicero Deguzman Jr. Art Direction
Michael Ullman Liner Notes
Ted Persons Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An Album Which Lives Up To Its Title

    Ella and Ellington together where? Who cares? Ella and Ellinton recorded together anywhere, anytime, is something any intelligent person would want to listen to.

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