Such Sweet Thunder

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The 1999 reissue of this album marks a total reconstruction and rethinking of the original LP, and such a complete break from the original album that its story could fill a book. Such Sweet Thunder was originally announced as a stereo and mono release, but only showed up in mono thanks to the technical problems inherent in early stereo in creating a concert-like ambience in which the performance seemed continuous. The reissue presents the original album as it was intended, using alternate takes from the original sessions, plus the stereo masters of the takes used on the original album, all rounded out with a mono outtake or two. The music itself counts among Ellington's most...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The 1999 reissue of this album marks a total reconstruction and rethinking of the original LP, and such a complete break from the original album that its story could fill a book. Such Sweet Thunder was originally announced as a stereo and mono release, but only showed up in mono thanks to the technical problems inherent in early stereo in creating a concert-like ambience in which the performance seemed continuous. The reissue presents the original album as it was intended, using alternate takes from the original sessions, plus the stereo masters of the takes used on the original album, all rounded out with a mono outtake or two. The music itself counts among Ellington's most well-realized "concept projects," all inspired by Shakespeare's work and filled with memorable melodies and ample opportunities for solos by Cat Anderson, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Quentin Jackson. The Ellington-Strayhorn compositions treat their soloists like actors doing scenes and, in effect, playing parts, even quoting lines after a fashion -- Clark Terry "plays" Puck in "Up and Down, Up and Down I Will Lead Them Up and Down," and Johnny Hodges turns in one of the most sensuous performances of his career for "Half the Fun," from Antony and Cleopatra. These moments more than justify the cost of the CD, and the bonus tracks, many of which are different takes and others are simply material that came from the same sessions, more than double the length of the original LP. The extended notes by Phil Schaap deserve some kind of award for detail and clarity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/1/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5099706556824
  • Catalog Number: 887447
  • Sales rank: 153,953

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Such Sweet Thunder - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:22)
  2. 2 Sonnet for Caesar - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:00)
  3. 3 Sonnet to Hank Cinq - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:24)
  4. 4 Lady Mac - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:41)
  5. 5 Sonnet in Search of a Moor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:22)
  6. 6 The Telecasters - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:05)
  7. 7 Up and Down, up and Down (I Will Lead Them up and Down) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:09)
  8. 8 Sonnet for Sister Kate - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:24)
  9. 9 The STar-Crossed Lovers - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:00)
  10. 10 Madness in Great Ones - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:26)
  11. 11 Half the Fun (aka Lately) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:19)
  12. 12 Circle of Fourths - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:45)
  13. 13 The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:15)
  14. 14 Circle of Fourths - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:47)
  15. 15 Suburban Beauty - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:56)
  16. 16 A-Flat Minor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:33)
  17. 17 Cafe Au Lait - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:49)
  18. 18 Half the Fun - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:08)
  19. 19 Suburban Beauty - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:56)
  20. 20 A-Flat Minor - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:49)
  21. 21 Café au Lait (aka the Star-Crossed Lovers) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:21)
  22. 22 Pretty Girl - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet
Willie Cook Trumpet
Jimmy Woode Bass
Russell Procope Clarinet, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Harry Carney Bass, Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Sanders Trombone
Sam Woodyard Drums
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Duke Ellington Composer, Orchestration
Phil Schaap Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Remastering
Billy Strayhorn Orchestration
Irving Townsend Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Juliana Myrick Package Manager
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