Ken Burns Jazz - Duke Ellington

Ken Burns Jazz - Duke Ellington

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From 1924, when he put his name on the band -- Duke Ellington and His Washingtonians -- jazz's greatest composer produced a Herculean quantity of music for exactly fifty years. His written contributions are almost innumerable: thousands of songs and dozens of works in symphonic form, as well as complete scores for ballet, theater, and film. And through his music's… See more details below

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From 1924, when he put his name on the band -- Duke Ellington and His Washingtonians -- jazz's greatest composer produced a Herculean quantity of music for exactly fifty years. His written contributions are almost innumerable: thousands of songs and dozens of works in symphonic form, as well as complete scores for ballet, theater, and film. And through his music's increasing sophistication in the Thirties, Forties, and Fifties can be heard the evolution of jazz expression itself. But Ellington's greatest contribution to the world was his tireless work as bandleader and talent scout. In his half-century fronting the greatest orchestra jazz has ever known, he produced not just a near-infinite number of polished works but hit after danceable hit. And through that band's ranks passed some of the greatest instrumentalists who ever played jazz.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
In conjunction with the release of Ken Burns' ten-part, 19-hour epic PBS documentary Jazz, Columbia issued 22 single-disc compilations devoted to jazz's most significant artists, as well as a five-disc historical summary. Since the individual compilations attempt to present balanced overviews of each artist's career, tracks from multiple labels have thankfully been licensed where appropriate. This volume features many of Duke Ellington's best-known standards, including "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo," "Black and Tan Fantasy," "Mood Indigo," "Caravan," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Sophisticated Lady," "Take the 'A' Train," and the later-period comeback hit "Satin Doll." For the sake of unity, Ellington's longer-form works aren't emphasized here, nor are extended live tracks like the legendary 1956 Newport Jazz Festival version of "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," which revitalized Ellington's career. Instead of undertaking the impossible task of recounting that career over a single disc, Ken Burns Jazz concentrates on the Ellington pieces that are burned the most indelibly into jazz history. As such, it's a very strong, cohesive introduction to one of the largest, richest, and most influential bodies of work in American music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646144428
catalogNumber:
61444

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Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Lonnie Johnson   Guitar
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Jabbo Smith   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Rick Henderson   Alto Saxophone
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Wellman Braud   String Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Butch Ballard   Drums
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
John Sanders   Trombone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Willie Anderson   Trumpet
Jungle Band   Track Performer
Billy Taylor   Bass
Baby Cox   Vocals
Brick Fleagle   Guitar
Otto Hardwick   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Maisel   Drums
Bass Edwards   Tuba
James Woode   String Bass
Duke Ellington's Washingtonians   Track Performer
Harlem Footwarmers   Track Performer
Fifty-Second Street Stompers   Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Philip Bailey   Liner Notes
Ken Burns   Executive Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Discographical Information
Duke Ellington   Arranger
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Ron Goldstein   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Ben Young   Discographical Information
Carlos Kase   Discographical Information
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lauren Atlas   Packaging Manager
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Clare Walker   Packaging Manager
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer

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