The Centennial Anthology

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
On April 29, 2005, Duke Ellington would have turned 106. But the influential bandleader/pianist died long before 2005; he passed away in 1974, leaving behind a wealth of recordings that continue to fascinate jazz enthusiasts after all these years. Numerous Ellington reissues came out in the 2000s; the thing that separates this two-disc set from other Ellington packages that were assembled in 2005 is the visual element -- disc two is a DVD that offers footage from the early '30s and early '60s. There are countless opportunities to hear Ellington's greatness but not that many chances to see it, and the DVD's highlights range from a 1933 video for "Stormy Weather" with Ivie...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
On April 29, 2005, Duke Ellington would have turned 106. But the influential bandleader/pianist died long before 2005; he passed away in 1974, leaving behind a wealth of recordings that continue to fascinate jazz enthusiasts after all these years. Numerous Ellington reissues came out in the 2000s; the thing that separates this two-disc set from other Ellington packages that were assembled in 2005 is the visual element -- disc two is a DVD that offers footage from the early '30s and early '60s. There are countless opportunities to hear Ellington's greatness but not that many chances to see it, and the DVD's highlights range from a 1933 video for "Stormy Weather" with Ivie Anderson lip-synching to several rare 1962 performances all of them in color that were commissioned by the Goodyear Tire Company and filmed "live in the studio" is that an oxymoron? without an actual live audience. Now for the bad news: part of the DVD is screwed up, and some of the tunes that are listed on the DVD's menu aren't actually on the DVD, including "I Got Rhythm." Oops! That frustrating goof brings The Centennial Anthology's rating down several notches. Disc one, meanwhile, is an audio CD devoted to V-disc recordings most of them from 1941. While these V-disc performances of "Take the 'A' Train," "Chelsea Bridge," "Frenesi," and other gems weren't released commercially in the '40s, all of them find Ellington's band in excellent form -- and the V-discs' sound quality, for the most part, is enjoyably good certainly by 78-era standards. The Centennial Anthology is not recommended to casual listeners, but hardcore collectors will likely want this double-disc in spite of the things that are problematic about the DVD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Mastercuts Lifestyle
  • UPC: 881162805425
  • Catalog Number: 8054
  • Sales rank: 351,970

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (2:53)
  2. 2 Frenesi (3:07)
  3. 3 Until Tonight (2:57)
  4. 4 It's Sad But True (3:07)
  5. 5 I Hear a Rhapsody (4:06)
  6. 6 Bakiff (4:19)
  7. 7 Flamingo (3:16)
  8. 8 Chelsea Bridge (3:04)
  9. 9 Clementine (2:50)
  10. 10 Frankie and Johnnie (3:07)
  11. 11 After All (3:04)
  12. 12 Love Like This Can't Last (2:28)
  13. 13 The Girl in My Dreams (Tries to Look Like You) (3:33)
  14. 14 You and I (2:17)
  15. 15 Have You Changed (2:55)
  16. 16 I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire (3:10)
  17. 17 Perdido (1:57)
  18. 18 I'm Checkin' Out, Go'om Bye (1:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train
  2. 2 Satin Doll
  3. 3 Stormy Weather
  4. 4 Blow by Blow
  5. 5 Jam with Sam
  6. 6 Rockin' in Rhythm
  7. 7 Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  8. 8 V.I.P.'s Boogie
  9. 9 Kinda Dukish
  10. 10 Bugle Call Rag
  11. 11 Rockin' in Rhythm
  12. 12 Black and Tan Fantasy
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin
Rex Stewart Cornet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Shorty Baker Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Bell Bass
Herb Jeffries Vocals
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ivie Anderson Vocals
Chuck Connors Bass Trombone, Trombone (Baritone)
Jimmy Blanton Bass
Sonny Greer Drums
Barney Bigard Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Jenkins Trumpet
Ed Mullens Tenor Saxophone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Juan Tizol Valve Trombone
Arthur Whetsol Trumpet
Sam Woodyard Drums
Leon Cox Trombone
Benny James Guitar
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra cast
Fred Washington cast
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dudley Murphy Director, Writer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Meredith Willson Composer
Athan Maroulis Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction, Annotation
Eunah Lee Graphic Design
Alberto Dominguez Composer
John Duykers Composer
H.J. Lengsfelder Composer
Dick Gasparre Composer
Fred Waller Director, Producer
Traditional Composer
Peggy Logan Copy Editing
Ken Tighe Copy Editing
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