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Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1
     

The Duke's Men: Small Groups, Vol. 1

by Duke Ellington
 
In the '30s, Ellington started recording prolifically with small groups taken from his big band. It gave him an opportunity to both debut new works and to let his sidemen stretch out and act as leaders once in awhile (under his direction). This two-disc set contains 45 recordings, almost all of them brilliant, including sessions ostensibly

Overview

In the '30s, Ellington started recording prolifically with small groups taken from his big band. It gave him an opportunity to both debut new works and to let his sidemen stretch out and act as leaders once in awhile (under his direction). This two-disc set contains 45 recordings, almost all of them brilliant, including sessions ostensibly under the leadership of cornetist Rex Stewart (including two selections cut before he joined Ellington), clarinetist Barney Bigard, trumpeter Cootie Williams, and altoist Johnny Hodges. In addition to early versions of such future standards as "Caravan," "Stompy Jones," and "Echoes of Harlem," there are many hot stomps performed that feature strong solos from these very distinctive stylists. Brilliant music, highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644699524
catalogNumber:
46995

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Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Charlie Barnet   Maracas
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet,Vocals
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Chick Webb   Drums
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Bernard Addison   Guitar
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ceele Burke   Guitar
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Fulford   Piano
Fred Guy   Guitar
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Bingie Madison   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Mary McHugh   Vocals
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Rudy Powell   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Piano
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
George Stevenson   Trombone
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Billy Taylor   Bass
Brick Fleagle   Guitar
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Buddy Clark   Vocals
Jack Maisel   Drums
Jerry Kruger   Vocals

Technical Credits

Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Ceele Burke   Arranger
Wayman Carver   Arranger
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Harry Grey   Producer
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Carmen Lombardo   Composer
Helen Oakley Dance   Producer,Liner Notes
Brick Fleagle   Arranger
John Jacob Loeb   Composer
Harry Da Costa   Composer

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