The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In addition to having a somewhat immodest title, this three-CD set was not actually one single concert but two. That reservation aside, the music on the reissue is often quite special. There is a jam session in the Jazz at the Philharmonic vein with flügelhornist Clark Terry, altoist Benny Carter, the tenors of Zoot Sims, and Paul Gonsalves and the Oscar Peterson Trio with the all-stars playing a ballad medley and heated run-throughs of a few familiar standards. In addition, the Oscar Peterson Trio has a few features, an aging Coleman Hawkins does what he can on two numbers, Hawk teams up with altoists Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges on "C Jam Blues," and special guest ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
In addition to having a somewhat immodest title, this three-CD set was not actually one single concert but two. That reservation aside, the music on the reissue is often quite special. There is a jam session in the Jazz at the Philharmonic vein with flügelhornist Clark Terry, altoist Benny Carter, the tenors of Zoot Sims, and Paul Gonsalves and the Oscar Peterson Trio with the all-stars playing a ballad medley and heated run-throughs of a few familiar standards. In addition, the Oscar Peterson Trio has a few features, an aging Coleman Hawkins does what he can on two numbers, Hawk teams up with altoists Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges on "C Jam Blues," and special guest T-Bone Walker sings and plays a couple of blues with assists from Terry, Gonsalves, Hodges, and Peterson. But that's not all. The Duke Ellington Orchestra is in prime form performing a great deal of new material, plus having guest spots for Sims along with fellow tenors Gonsalves and Jimmy Hamilton on "Very Tenor", Oscar Peterson who gets to lead the band through a unique version of "Take the 'A' Train" and Carter; Johnny Hodges is also well-showcased. Ella Fitzgerald completes the memorable set with her usual classy performance accompanied by the Jimmy Jones Trio and sometimes the Ellington Orchestra, finishing the show with some hot scatting on "Cotton Tail." Maybe this really was "the Greatest Jazz Concert" after all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Pablo
  • UPC: 025218570428
  • Catalog Number: 2625704
  • Sales rank: 43,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Smedley (4:16)
  2. 2 Someday My Prince Will Come (4:59)
  3. 3 Daytrain (5:53)
  4. 4 Now's the Time - Bobby Durham (8:26)
  5. 5 Memories of You - Bobby Durham (2:22)
  6. 6 Misty - Bobby Durham (2:45)
  7. 7 I Can't Get Started - Bobby Durham (2:26)
  8. 8 Wee - Bobby Durham (9:49)
  9. 9 Moonglow (3:29)
  10. 10 Sweet Georgia Brown (4:28)
  11. 11 C Jam Blues - Benny Carter (6:12)
  12. 12 Woman, You Must Be Crazy - Bobby Durham (9:08)
  13. 13 Stormy Monday - Bobby Durham (6:40)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Swamp Goo (4:54)
  2. 2 Girdle Hurdle (2:51)
  3. 3 The Shepherd (6:33)
  4. 4 Rue Bleue (2:44)
  5. 5 Salome (3:34)
  6. 6 A Chromatic Love Affair (3:58)
  7. 7 Mount Harissa (6:39)
  8. 8 Blood Count (3:50)
  9. 9 Rockin' in Rhythm (3:40)
  10. 10 Very Tenor (7:51)
  11. 11 Onions (Wild Onions) (2:55)
  12. 12 Take the 'A' Train (5:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Satin Doll (5:25)
  2. 2 Tootie for Cootie (6:45)
  3. 3 Up Jump (3:38)
  4. 4 Prelude to a Kiss (4:39)
  5. 5 Mood Indigo/I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good (6:08)
  6. 6 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (4:31)
  7. 7 Don't Be That Way - Jimmy Jones Trio (4:09)
  8. 8 You've Changed - Jimmy Jones Trio (4:12)
  9. 9 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) - Jimmy Jones Trio (4:38)
  10. 10 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Jimmy Jones Trio (2:14)
  11. 11 It's Only a Paper Moon - Jimmy Jones Trio (2:31)
  12. 12 Day Dream - Jimmy Jones Trio (4:49)
  13. 13 If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight) - Jimmy Jones Trio (3:18)
  14. 14 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Jimmy Jones Trio (3:50)
  15. 15 Cotton Tail (5:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Track Performer, Track Performer
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Mercer Ellington Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald Vocals, Track Performer
Paul Gonsalves Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Louis Hayes Drums, Track Performer
Johnny Hodges Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Sam Jones Bass, Track Performer
Oscar Peterson Piano, Track Performer, Track Performer
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Rufus "Speedy" Jones Drums
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Russell Procope Saxophone
T-Bone Walker Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Chuck Connors Trombone
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Harry Carney Saxophone
Clark Terry Trumpet, Track Performer
Buster Cooper Trombone
Jimmy Hamilton Saxophone
Herb Jones Trumpet
Jimmy Jones Piano
John Lamb Bass
Zoot Sims Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Sam Woodyard Drums
Bobby Durham Drums, Track Performer
Bo Durham Track Performer
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Johnny Burke Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Will Hudson Composer
David Luke Remixing
Frank Paparelli Composer
Val Valentin Engineer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Eric Miller Remixing
Benny Green Liner Notes
Ray Fol Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretentious Title, but It's Close to the Truth

    Yes, this has a rather far-fetched title, but that does not mean it doesn't deliver. For those fans of the styles of Jazz that ranged from Big Band through the small combos of the 60's, this set should be a treat. There's something in here for everyone. Ranging from the crisp and cool stylings of The Oscar Peterson Trio in "Someday My Prince Will Come", to the frenetic jumping of Bobby Durham's "Wee" to Coleman Hawkins' brilliant jiving on "Sweet Georgia Brown". And that's just the first of three albums! On disks 2 and 3 the big band sound becomes more predominate, culminating in the Duke Ellington, Count Basie duet of "Take the A Train." Other luminaries that shine like always include Ella Fitzgerald, T-Bone Walker, Johnnie Hodges and Cat Anderson. Zoot Sims and Cootie Williams are also delightful. Overall, there are so many solid performances by a wide constellation of some of the greatest Jazz stars that it would be difficult to rate this any lower. I first bought this on vinyl and I've since replaced it with the CD. It's one that I turn to time and time again for a dose of the classics, and to introduce my younger friends to the greats.

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