Reminiscing in Tempo

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Just the fact that Ellington's extended masterpiece "Reminiscing in Tempo" is included here in its original and continuous form is reason enough to pick up this compilation. Initially recorded in 1935, "Reminiscing" was the first thoroughly composed jazz piece and one that not only demonstrated Ellington's knack for longer forms, but also featured practically all of his singular soloists. Upon its first release, the 13-minute piece was broken up over a few 78s, later making its way into EP form. Currently, the Classics label includes it on one of its Chronological discs, but spread over four distinct tracks. So, this 1991 Columbia release might be the only way to get this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Just the fact that Ellington's extended masterpiece "Reminiscing in Tempo" is included here in its original and continuous form is reason enough to pick up this compilation. Initially recorded in 1935, "Reminiscing" was the first thoroughly composed jazz piece and one that not only demonstrated Ellington's knack for longer forms, but also featured practically all of his singular soloists. Upon its first release, the 13-minute piece was broken up over a few 78s, later making its way into EP form. Currently, the Classics label includes it on one of its Chronological discs, but spread over four distinct tracks. So, this 1991 Columbia release might be the only way to get this great work in its seamless form as it was originally recorded. Collector's concerns aside, this CD was the audio companion to an Ellington documentary aired on PBS. Predictably, it provides something of an overview of Ellington's career, beginning with a recording of "The Mooche" from his Cotton Club days in the late '20s up through a version of "Black Beauty" from 1960. Featured extensively are tracks from the '30s, including classics like "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" and "Sophisticated Lady." Original gems from the watershed '40s years are here too, including "Mood Indigo" and the somewhat obscure but beautiful "On a Turquoise Cloud" from 1947. Unfortunately, since this is Columbia and not RCA, the versions of "Cotton Tail," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" originally entitled "Never No Lament", and "Take The 'A' Train" are not the well-known Blanton-Webster studio recordings from 1940, but inferior versions from various soundtracks recorded in Hollywood the same year. Bringing up collector's concerns again, though, these "alternate" tracks might be a plus and certainly figure in here with the Okeh versions of the '20s material as opposed to the more popular Bluebeard/Victor releases and an alternate take of Mahalia Jackson's incredible vocal performance of "Come Sunday," as performed with the Ellington band in 1956. So, on one hand this disc offers a fine introduction to Ellington's catalog since, in its breadth, it gives the listener a chance to decide which period appeals the most and, as such, an entry point to the bandleader's vast body of work. For those who want to dig right into the essential core, though, it's best to pick up the early-'20s material on various Bluebird reissues, as well as RCA's three-disc Blanton-Webster Band set of recordings from 1940.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 636943258927
  • Catalog Number: 910439
  • Sales rank: 226,033

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Lonnie Johnson Guitar
Mahalia Jackson Vocals
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin, Cornet
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart Cornet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Jimmy Woode Bass
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Bubber Miley Trumpet
Ivie Anderson Vocals
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Wellman Braud Bass, Vocals
Sonny Greer Drums
Hayes Alvis Bass
William Cat Anderson Trumpet
Harold Baker Trumpet
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
John Willie Cook Trumpet
Kay Davis Vocals
Bill Graham Alto Saxophone
Fred Guy Banjo, Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Freddie Jenkins Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Al Killian Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone, Tenor (Vocal)
John Sanders Trombone
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Sam Woodyard Drums
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Junior Raglin Bass
Billy Taylor Sr. Bass
Baby Cox Vocals
Francis Williams Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Fred Avendorf Drums
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Duke Ellington Arranger, Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger
Michael Brooks Producer
Lauren Hasten Engineer
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