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Live in Warsaw October 30 1971

Live in Warsaw October 30 1971

by Duke Ellington
     
 
Duke Ellington was still touring in 1971, though his orchestra had lost many of his star soloists due to death or retirement, with the passing of Johnny Hodges being the greatest loss. The first ten tracks here initially appeared on the Polish bootleg LP Last Time, which utilized poorly edited excerpts of a radio broadcast of his

Overview

Duke Ellington was still touring in 1971, though his orchestra had lost many of his star soloists due to death or retirement, with the passing of Johnny Hodges being the greatest loss. The first ten tracks here initially appeared on the Polish bootleg LP Last Time, which utilized poorly edited excerpts of a radio broadcast of his Warsaw concert, resulting in losing the pacing of a typical show by the bandleader. At least this Gambit reissue identifies the songs correctly. Highlights include newcomer Johnny Coles on trumpet in a piece penned for him, "Goof"; trombonist Malcolm Taylor in "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"; the leader in a swinging "Satin Doll" (which Ellington manages to keep fresh, in spite of its frequent playings); and a short take on "Lotus Blossom" with bassist Joe Benjamin. But the pianist is not up to par in "La Plus Belle Africaine" (though baritonist Harry Carney saves the day), while vocal features of "Hello Dolly" by Money Johnson (impersonating Louis Armstrong) and Nell Brookshire in "Everybody Wants to Know" are among the weakest performances by Ellington singers. To top it off, the edited medley of "Sophisticated Lady" and "Caravan" omits several songs. What makes this release valuable is the inclusion of nine selections performed at a 1958 dance at Travis Air Force Base. While two have previously appeared in the Private Collection CD series, the rest make their appearance on CD for the first time. The focus is on fairly new compositions that never became part of the regular repertoire, showcasing Clark Terry on flügelhorn in "Juniflip" and tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves in the swaggering blues "Just Scratchin' the Surface." Ellington responds to a request for a polka by playing "Beer Barrel Polka," with the musicians taking some wild liberties with the piece in the spirit of fun as Ellington encourages the audience at the microphone. While the source material has some occasional flaws, this 1958 set makes this otherwise mediocre CD worth acquiring.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/07/2009
Label:
Gambit Spain
UPC:
8436028693238
catalogNumber:
2869323

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Performing Ensemble
Johnny Coles   Trumpet
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Cootie Williams   Clarinet,Trumpet
Harold Ashby   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Rufus "Speedy" Jones   Drums
Booty Wood   Trombone
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Norris Turney   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bill Graham   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Preston   Trumpet
John Sanders   Trombone
Malcolm Taylor   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Nell Brookshire   Vocals
Harold "Geezil" Minerve   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Ensemble
Harold "Money" Johnson   Trumpet,Vocals

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Jerry Herman   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ted Parsons   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Don George   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Lewis   Liner Notes

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