Live at the Greek 9/23/66

Live at the Greek 9/23/66

by Duke Ellington
     
 
This 1966 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles features sets by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, with the source evidently being a soundboard tape. His star soloists consistently shine, especially tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves in the flag-waver "Soul Call" and the ballad "In a Sentimental Mood" (the latter usually a feature

Overview

This 1966 concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles features sets by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, with the source evidently being a soundboard tape. His star soloists consistently shine, especially tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves in the flag-waver "Soul Call" and the ballad "In a Sentimental Mood" (the latter usually a feature for Johnny Hodges). Cootie Williams' brash trumpet is showcased in "Take the 'A' Train," while high-note specialist Cat Anderson squeals in his "Prowling Cat." The drums are a bit too prominent in the mix, the sound is a bit muddy in places, and the microphone does not always pick up the leader's spoken introductions clearly. Ellington's awkward solo introduction to his relatively new composition "La Plus Belle Africaine," where he seems to stumble a bit, is the only major musical flaw in his portion of the CD. Ella Fitzgerald's set is also enjoyable. Ellington's brass and reed sections join Ella's rhythm section (anchored by pianist Jimmy Jones) for a rousing "Sweet Georgia Brown." Her moving "Stardust" is prefaced by her hilarious comments about the effects of the heat on-stage. Her crowd-pleasing finale is the inevitable "Mack the Knife." With so many of these selections having been recorded by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald on various other LPs and CDs, it is hard to call this English release an essential purchase, though hardcore jazz fans will want to track it down.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1994
Label:
Status Records
UPC:
5019317001766
catalogNumber:
1013

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto,Alto Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Ed Thigpen   Drums
Russell Procope   Alto Clarinet
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Bunny Briggs   Tap Dance
Harry Carney   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Buster Cooper   Trombone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Jim Hughart   Bass
Jimmy Jones   Piano
John Lamb   Bass
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Herbie Jones   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Dave Kay   Producer
Alun Morgan   Liner Notes
John R. Bennett   Artwork,Graphic Design
Ted Persons   Composer

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