Secret Ellington

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Secret Ellington presents 12 newly unearthed Duke Ellington songs, co-written with librettist Herb Martin for a stillborn 1958 musical called Saturday Laughter. That there were 22 songs in all suggests a possible second volume in the works. The material is performed by a remarkable cast of musicians, including vocalists Ian Shaw, Freddy Cole, and Judi Silvano; saxophonists Joe Lovano, Eric Alexander, and Bob Kindred; vibraphonist Joe Locke; bassists George Mraz and Chip Jackson; and drummer Steve Berrios. Ellington never really orchestrated these songs, so the taking of creative liberties was unavoidable. Guitarist Joe Beck did most of the arrangements; pianists Arturo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Secret Ellington presents 12 newly unearthed Duke Ellington songs, co-written with librettist Herb Martin for a stillborn 1958 musical called Saturday Laughter. That there were 22 songs in all suggests a possible second volume in the works. The material is performed by a remarkable cast of musicians, including vocalists Ian Shaw, Freddy Cole, and Judi Silvano; saxophonists Joe Lovano, Eric Alexander, and Bob Kindred; vibraphonist Joe Locke; bassists George Mraz and Chip Jackson; and drummer Steve Berrios. Ellington never really orchestrated these songs, so the taking of creative liberties was unavoidable. Guitarist Joe Beck did most of the arrangements; pianists Arturo O'Farrill and James Pearson made significant contributions as well. Together with producer Todd Barkan, they brought forth multifarious textures and combinations, taking maximum advantage of the diverse talent at hand. As far as songwriting goes, nothing tops "I Am Lonely," which is hauntingly arranged by O'Farrill and beautifully sung by Judi Silvano. Joe Beck plays a lush and deep-toned alto guitar on three tracks, meshing beautifully with Lou Marini's alto flute on "Full of Shadows" and "My Home Lies Quiet" and with Lovano's tenor on "Only Yesterday." This last is one of two songs that appear twice -- the other being "You Are Beautiful," sung very fast by Ian Shaw and later as a ballad by Freddy Cole, in a duet with O'Farrill. The appearance of the late Grover Washington, Jr., playing soprano sax on the ballad "They Say," is another highlight. Ellington devotees and scholars will no doubt differ on the merits of these songs and the ways in which they're presented here. But Secret Ellington surely tells listeners much about Duke's ability as a theater composer.
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Eric Alexander spills fleet tenor lines on the opening track. Freddy Cole brings his nuanced whisper to a couple of gems... There's a dapper bounce created by the rhythm section
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: True Life
  • UPC: 809351000024
  • Catalog Number: 10000

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Are Beautiful - Ian Shaw (2:55)
  2. 2 They Say - Grover Washington Jr. (5:25)
  3. 3 This Man - Joe Locke (5:46)
  4. 4 Only Yesterday - Ian Shaw (4:27)
  5. 5 Only Yesterday - Joe Lovano (3:39)
  6. 6 I Like Singing - Ian Shaw (4:08)
  7. 7 Full of Shadows - Jeffery Smith (4:58)
  8. 8 New Shoes - Joe Locke (4:05)
  9. 9 I Am Lonely - Judi Silvano (8:45)
  10. 10 You Are Beautiful - Freddy Cole (3:34)
  11. 11 I Get Lonely for a Plaything - Bob Kindred (5:07)
  12. 12 You Walk in My Dreams - Karen Oberlin (3:14)
  13. 13 Big White Mountain - Joe Locke (6:02)
  14. 14 My Home Lies Quiet - Jeffery Smith (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Lovano Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Cole Vocals
Eric Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Steve Berrios Drums
Mark Fletcher Drums
Chip Jackson Bass
Bob Kindred Tenor Saxophone
Lou Marini Alto Flute
George Mraz Bass
Mike Pope Bass
Ian Shaw Vocals
Joe Locke Vibes
Judi Silvano Vocals
Arturo O'Farrill Piano
Grover Washington III Soprano Saxophone
Keith Carlock Drums
James Pearson Piano
Karen Oberlin Vocals
Technical Credits
Gerald Wiggins Executive Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Richard Carpenter Composer
Eddie Rambeau Composer
Todd Barkan Producer, Liner Notes
Todd A. Gerard Mastering
Troy Halderson Engineer
Paul Mann Composer
Katherine Miller Engineer
Arturo O'Farrill Arranger
James Pearson Arranger
Stephen Weiss Composer
Ed Puckhaber Executive Producer
Keith H. Brown Illustrations
Edmund Puckhaber Executive Producer
Bud Rehak Composer
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