Jazz Cocktail

Jazz Cocktail

by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
     
 
Solidly ensconced at one of the most popular night spots in New York, the Cotton Club, when the earliest track on the album was laid down, Duke Ellington's distinctive sound of this early period was already well known. In addition to heavy recording and live performance schedules, Ellington was also producing a steady course of his own compositions and arrangements

Overview

Solidly ensconced at one of the most popular night spots in New York, the Cotton Club, when the earliest track on the album was laid down, Duke Ellington's distinctive sound of this early period was already well known. In addition to heavy recording and live performance schedules, Ellington was also producing a steady course of his own compositions and arrangements which were becoming staples of the band's book, laying the foundation for the group's unique voice. This album compiles Ellington performances from 1928 to 1932, all of which have appeared many times on a variety of labels. But this British-produced CD gives an intelligent, entertaining overview of the Ellington orchestra during this period. And there are a couple of surprises. The version of his haunting "Creole Love Call" on this CD is not the better-known 1927 cut which features Adelaide Hall's unforgettable wordless singing, but a 1932 recording initially issued on a 12" 78, allowing for a more extended play than the first version. While Hall's vocalizing is missed, Bubber Miley's growling trumpet continues to be prominent. "Hot and Bothered" is done in a scorching tempo with the "wah-wah" scatting of the somewhat mysterious Baby Cox and a chorus by the seminal guitarist Lonnie Johnson. Some of Ellington's compositions, which were to turn out to be his most enduring, are included, such as "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Mood Indigo," and "Creole Rhapsody," which was one of the first of Duke's extended compositions. Not all of the cuts are Ellington compositions. The Duke was playing popular songs of the day like "Limehouse Blues" and "Tiger Rag." Art Hickman's "Rose Room," which Ellington would often return to during his long career, is a vehicle for Barney Bigard's woody-toned clarinet. The title tune "Jazz Cocktail" was composed and arranged for Duke by another jazz giant-to-be, Benny Carter. Irving Mills shows up as vocalist on "Sing You Sinners," trying very hard to sound like Rudy Valle. These years also saw the arrival of Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, and, perhaps the Duke's finest vocalist, Ivie Anderson. With 16 tunes from Duke's formative period, Jazz Cocktail is a superior survey of Ellington's earlier recorded works. Already innovative at this stage in his long career, the material on the CD portends the development of one of America's foremost composers of any musical genre. There's one additional attraction, the CD has instructive liner notes by the noted British discographer, Brian Rust.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/1994
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625502428
catalogNumber:
5024

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Irving Mills   Vocals
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Wellman Braud   Bass,String Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Fred Guy   Banjo
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Joe Jenkins   Trombone
Baby Cox   Vocals,scat
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone

Technical Credits

Johnny Hodges   Composer
Eddie Edwards   Composer
Bubber Miley   Composer
Wellman Braud   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Director
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Kevin Daly   Producer
Art Hickman   Composer
Phil Duffy   Cover Design
Brian Rust   Liner Notes
Sam Coslow   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Harry Williams   Composer
W. Frank Harling   Composer

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