Greatest Jazz Concert in the World

The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World

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by Duke Ellington
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Pablo
UPC:
0025218570428
catalogNumber:
2625704
Rank:
37642

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Smedley
  2. Someday My Prince Will Come
  3. Daytrain
  4. Now's the Time
  5. Memories of You
  6. Misty
  7. I Can't Get Started
  8. Wee
  9. Moonglow
  10. Sweet Georgia Brown
  11. C Jam Blues
  12. Woman, You Must Be Crazy
  13. Stormy Monday

Disc 2

  1. Swamp Goo
  2. Girdle Hurdle
  3. The Shepherd
  4. Rue Bleue
  5. Salome
  6. A Chromatic Love Affair
  7. Mount Harissa
  8. Blood Count
  9. Rockin' in Rhythm
  10. Very Tenor
  11. Onions (Wild Onions)
  12. Take the 'A' Train

Disc 3

  1. Satin Doll
  2. Tootie for Cootie
  3. Up Jump
  4. Prelude to a Kiss
  5. Mood Indigo/I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
  6. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  7. Don't Be That Way
  8. You've Changed
  9. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  10. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  11. It's Only a Paper Moon
  12. Day Dream
  13. If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)
  14. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  15. Cotton Tail

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,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
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

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
Erroll Garner   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
Val Valentin   Engineer
Eric Miller   Remixing
Benny Green   Liner Notes
Ray Fol   Composer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.