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Live at Newport 1958
     

Live at Newport 1958

by Duke Ellington
 

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On the evening of July 3, 1958, Duke Ellington closed the first evening of the Newport Jazz Festival with a set that included quite a bit of new, unfamiliar material in addition to old favorites. But difficulties with the sound, among them some rough ensemble passages, stray noises on-stage, and occasionally off-mike solos caused Ellington to choose to re-record

Overview

On the evening of July 3, 1958, Duke Ellington closed the first evening of the Newport Jazz Festival with a set that included quite a bit of new, unfamiliar material in addition to old favorites. But difficulties with the sound, among them some rough ensemble passages, stray noises on-stage, and occasionally off-mike solos caused Ellington to choose to re-record several selections in the studio for what was first issued on LP as Live at Newport 1958, with added live announcements and overdubbed applause. This two-CD set includes the entire live set, warts and all, while omitting the separate studio re-creations. Historically, it is an important release in that the performances are preserved intact, with outstanding solos by Paul Gonsalves ("Happy Reunion") and flügelhornist Clark Terry ("Juniflip"), along with the pairing of Shorty Baker (trumpet) with violinist Ray Nance in "Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool" and guest Gerry Mulligan joining Harry Carney for the baritone sax feature "Prima Bara Dubla." But the vocals by Ozzie Bailey and Lil Greenwood are forgettable, while the addition of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson is ill-fitting for the live setting. This is far from Duke Ellington's best work in a live setting, but serious collectors will still want to acquire it.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/1994
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645358420
catalogNumber:
53584

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Introduction
  2. Take the 'A' Train
  3. Princess Blue
  4. Duke's Place
  5. Just Scratchin' the Surface
  6. Happy Reunion
  7. Juniflip
  8. Mr. Gentle and Mr. Cool
  9. Jazz Festival Jazz
  10. Feet Bone

Disc 2

  1. Hi Fi Fo Fum
  2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  3. Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
  4. Prima Bara Dubla
  5. El Gato
  6. Multi-Colored Blue
  7. Introduction to Mahalia Jackson
  8. Come Sunday
  9. Keep Your Hand on the Plow
  10. Take the 'A' Train
  11. Jones

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Mahalia Jackson   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Shorty Baker   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Willis Conover   Track Performer
Russell Procope   Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mildred Falls   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Saxophone
John Sanders   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Ozzie Bailey   Vocals
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jimmy Wood   Bass
Francis Williams   Trumpet
Lil Greenwood   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Townsend   Producer
Mark Wilder   Remixing
John Ephland   Liner Notes
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Nedra Olds-Neal   Reissue Producer

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