Ellington For Lovers: Duke's Most Romantic Songs

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
This compilation of live concert and studio recordings in Hamburg, Orlando, and NYC from the Nagel-Heyer catalogue features the more balladic side of Ellington, though there are a couple of well-swung numbers as well as some tunes from ostensible leaders not present on these particular sessions featuring a different instrumentalist. The only band that doubles up is the Danny Moss-Roy Williams Quintet, who perform two pieces: the 12-bar "Blues to Be There" front-loaded by pianist John Pearce with soft tenor sax and trombone from the leaders, and a very slow "Mood Indigo" with Moss leading on tenor and Williams harmonically following on trombone. Trumpeter Randy Sandke ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
This compilation of live concert and studio recordings in Hamburg, Orlando, and NYC from the Nagel-Heyer catalogue features the more balladic side of Ellington, though there are a couple of well-swung numbers as well as some tunes from ostensible leaders not present on these particular sessions featuring a different instrumentalist. The only band that doubles up is the Danny Moss-Roy Williams Quintet, who perform two pieces: the 12-bar "Blues to Be There" front-loaded by pianist John Pearce with soft tenor sax and trombone from the leaders, and a very slow "Mood Indigo" with Moss leading on tenor and Williams harmonically following on trombone. Trumpeter Randy Sandke is featured with the Harry Allen Quintet sans Allen for "I Got It Bad," and he also goes into duet mode with guitarist Howard Alden on the lesser-known striding ballad "Azalea" from a Butch Miles & Friends live session. Allen gets in his two cents on "Sophisticated Lady," while Warren Vaché's soft-toned cornet informs "Warm Valley" with the Allan Vaché Swingtet, sans Vaché. Both Vaché brothers traipse through the lightly swinging "Just Squeeze Me," with considerable help from Alden and the wonderful piano inserts of Eddie Higgins. The interesting asides include: "Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me," featuring Milt Grayson singing in his deep, soulful, Eckstein-ish falsetto with Victor Goines' sweet clarinet in trombonist Wycliffe Gordon's sextet; a lengthy "Satin Doll" set up by Roy Williams and Bill Allred's well-swung dual trombones; and the delicately swung "Creole Love Call" from Oscar Klein's triple-clarinet-fronted Anniversary Band, an octet with Willy Mitterwald's muted trombone. The best swing, however, comes from the six-piece New York All Stars with Sandke, trombonist Dan Barrett, and bass saxophonist Scott Robinson on "In a Mellow Tone." In this piece, Sandke counters the other horns in big-band style before Robinson's husky, attention-grabbing woodwindo profundo takes charge in yeoman proportions. There's also a five-part Ellington medley from trombonist Rex Allen's Swing Express. Barrett's trumpet leads on "Solitude," while Harry Allen's tenor and the great guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli take over "Chelsea Bridge." Forming the basis for "Do Nothin'," Rex Allen's trombone wails or warbles, alternately muted or not. A tart alto sax by Jim Rothermel on "I Got It Bad" and a piano break from Mark Shane prompts all to join in on the ever rich "Mood Indigo." It seems Ellington tributes are a dime a dozen these days, but this one, with its laid-back focus and personable interpretation from all these great traditional jazz stars, can't help but be attractive to any hearty jazz fan. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • Label: Nagel-Heyer Germany
  • UPC: 675754646622
  • Catalog Number: 1009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sophisticated Lady (6:06)
  2. 2 Blues to Be There - Roy Williams Quintet (8:15)
  3. 3 Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me (4:36)
  4. 4 Warm Valley (3:58)
  5. 5 In a Mellow Tone - New York Allstars (6:08)
  6. 6 Mood Indigo - Roy Williams Quintet (4:38)
  7. 7 Satin Doll - Bill Allred (8:39)
  8. 8 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Butch Miles (5:13)
  9. 9 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) - Allan Vaché (8:07)
  10. 10 Azalea - Butch Miles (4:08)
  11. 11 Creole Love Call - Oscar Klein (6:48)
  12. 12 Duke Ellington Medley: In My Solitude/Chelsea Bridge/Do Nothin' ... - Rex Allen's Swing Express (9:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Barrett Trombone
Bucky Pizzarelli Guitar
Warren Vaché Cornet
Romano Mussolini Piano
Marty Grosz Guitar
Oliver Jackson Snare Drums
Roy Williams Trombone
Charly Antolini Snare Drums
Eric Reed Piano
Scott Robinson Bass Saxophone
Allan Vaché Clarinet
Oscar Klein Clarinet
Herlin Riley Snare Drums
Brian Dee Piano
Harry Allen Tenor Saxophone
Bill Allred Trombone
Isla Eckinger Bass
Phil Flanigan Bass
Victor Goines Clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone
Milt Grayson Vocals
Eddie Higgins Piano
Willy Meerwald Trombone
Ed Metz Jr. Snare Drums
Butch Miles Snare Drums
Linc Milliman Bass
Danny Moss Tenor Saxophone
John Pearce Piano
Dave Ratajczak Snare Drums
Jim Rothermel Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Randy Sandke Trumpet
Len Skeat Bass
Frank Tate Bass
Rodney Whitaker Bass
Johnny Varro Piano
Lino Patruno Guitar
Rex Allen Trombone
Jimmy Douglas Guitar
Bob Van Oven Bass
Mark Shane Piano
Werner Keller Clarinet
Engelbert Wrobel Clarinet
Mike Masessa Snare Drums
Gregor Beck Snare Drums
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