The Great Concerts: Cornell University 1948

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington and other jazz bandleaders were hampered by yet another James J. Petrillo-ordered musician's union strike in 1948, which robbed them of commercial recording opportunities. But nothing prevented Ellington from having reference recordings made for his own use, such as this 1948 Cornell University concert, which contains all but three songs played that night. This remarkably well-balanced recording showcases Ellington's usual mix of recent compositions, hits (including ten packed into a medley), tone poems, and obscurities. Among the lesser-known gems performed are "Paradise" (a lush Billy Strayhorn ballad feature for baritone saxophonist Harry Carney) and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington and other jazz bandleaders were hampered by yet another James J. Petrillo-ordered musician's union strike in 1948, which robbed them of commercial recording opportunities. But nothing prevented Ellington from having reference recordings made for his own use, such as this 1948 Cornell University concert, which contains all but three songs played that night. This remarkably well-balanced recording showcases Ellington's usual mix of recent compositions, hits (including ten packed into a medley), tone poems, and obscurities. Among the lesser-known gems performed are "Paradise" (a lush Billy Strayhorn ballad feature for baritone saxophonist Harry Carney) and ill-fated trumpeter Al Killian in "You Oughta," while both trombonist Lawrence Brown and Carney (on bass clarinet) shine in "Fantazm," which only briefly remained in the book. There are several memorable performances of Ellington's hits, including Kay Davis' wordless vocal in "Creole Love Call" backed by a clarinet trio (Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, and Harry Carney), plus a sassy trumpet feature for Ray Nance, the playful miniature "Dancers in Love" showcasing the pianist with his rhythm section, the brisk brass showcase "Tootin' Through the Roof," and "Manhattan Murals," a barely disguised reworking of Billy Strayhorn's "Take the 'A' Train." While some of the longer works like "Reminiscing in Tempo," "Symphomaniac," and "The Tatooed Bride" were not favorites of Ellington's musicians, all are well played and worth one's time. The only weak spot is the inevitable medley of hits (to knock out a certain amount of audience requests at once). Wrapping the concert is a lively take of "How High the Moon" with trombonist Tyree Glenn switching to vibes, which also features a rousing tenor solo by Ben Webster, who had returned to Ellington's band the previous month. Considering the lack of commercial recordings in this period of Duke, Cornell University 1948 is a highly valuable recording and warrants enthusiastic attention from Ellington historians and fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • UPC: 710357272721
  • Catalog Number: 2727
  • Sales rank: 191,647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Star Spangled Banner - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:14)
  2. 2 Lady of the Lavender Mist - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:18)
  3. 3 Suddenly It Jumped - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:51)
  4. 4 Reminiscing In Tempo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:49)
  5. 5 She Wouldn't Be Moved - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:37)
  6. 6 Paradise - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:11)
  7. 7 The Symphomaniac, Pt. 1 (Symphonic or Bust) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:08)
  8. 8 The Symphomaniac, Pt. 2 (How You Sound) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:59)
  9. 9 My Friend - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:40)
  10. 10 You Oughta - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:44)
  11. 11 Creole Love Call - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:56)
  12. 12 Don't Blame Me - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:55)
  13. 13 Lover Man - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:49)
  14. 14 The Tattooed Bride - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (13:16)
  15. 15 Dancers In Love - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Manhattan Murals - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:08)
  2. 2 Hy'a Sue - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:51)
  3. 3 Fantazm - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:34)
  4. 4 Tootin' Through the Roof - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:38)
  5. 5 Brown Betty - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (6:13)
  6. 6 Humoresque - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:24)
  7. 7 How High the Moon - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (5:33)
  8. 8 Don't Be So Mean to Baby - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:42)
  9. 9 Lover Come Back To Me - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:29)
  10. 10 It's Monday Everyday - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:26)
  11. 11 Medley: Don't Get Around Much Anymore/Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me/ - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (8:20)
  12. 12 Limehouse Blues - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano
Al Hibbler Vocals
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vibes
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Sonny Greer Drums
Harold Baker Trumpet
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Kay Davis Vocals
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Al Killian Trumpet
Wendell Marshall Bass
Francis Williams Trumpet
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Antonin Dvorak Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Peggy Lee Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer, Producer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Dave Barbour Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Luther Henderson Composer
Bubber Miley Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Stanley Dance Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Rudy Jackson Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Don George Composer
Philip Braham Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Ram Ramirez Composer
David Redferns Cover Image
S. Robin Composer
John Redmond Composer
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