Live in Zurich Switzerland: 2.5.1950

Live in Zurich Switzerland: 2.5.1950

by Duke Ellington
     
 

Duke Ellington was widely recorded in concert over his many decades in jazz, but the discovery of a previously unreleased live tape from 1950, in surprisingly listenable fidelity, is still an occasion worthy of applause. Of course the mere surfacing of the recording wouldn't mean a thing if it didn't have that swing, and this set does indeed. Accompanied by a…  See more details below

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Duke Ellington was widely recorded in concert over his many decades in jazz, but the discovery of a previously unreleased live tape from 1950, in surprisingly listenable fidelity, is still an occasion worthy of applause. Of course the mere surfacing of the recording wouldn't mean a thing if it didn't have that swing, and this set does indeed. Accompanied by a relatively small group consisting of trumpeter Ray Nance (who also sings), clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Jimmy Hamilton, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, bassist/bass clarinetist Harry Carney, both Sonny Greer and Butch Ballard on drums, and Ellington's longtime co-writer Billy Strayhorn also on piano, plus the vocalist Kay Davis, Ellington is in fine form throughout. Ever the gentleman, Ellington introduces the numbers to the Swiss audiences, jokes a bit, and leads his charges in a most dignified manner. The performances are tight and inspired, respectful of the big-band tradition but unafraid to dip a few toes into the progressive waters looming ahead as the '50s kicked in. Solos are never less than praiseworthy and often quite hot. The song list yields no real surprises -- standards of the Ellington repertoire and/or of the era in general such as "Take the 'A' Train," "Creole Love Call," "S'Wonderful," and "How High the Moon" are among the numbers performed -- and overall the album does what it needs to: gives an accurate reflection of where this pioneer stood at this point in his long, legendary career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0725095430623
catalogNumber:
43062
Rank:
104927

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Johnny Hodges   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Vocals
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Russell Procope   Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Bass,Drums
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Butch Ballard   Drums
Don Byas   Saxophone
Harry Carney   Bass,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Kay Davis   Vocals
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Killian   Trumpet
Wendell Marshall   Bass,Bass Guitar
Alva Beau McCain   Saxophone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Nelson Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Alva McCain   Saxophone
Theodore Kelly   Trombone
Quentini Jackson   Trombone
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Dude Durst   Cover Design
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
TCB Music SA   Audio Production

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