The Reprise Studio Recordings

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Not only was Duke Ellington a musical genius, he was also an eminently pragmatic man. On joining the Reprise records roster in the early 1960s, Ellington and his ever-formidable band were encouraged to reflect the current popular musical trends in their repertoire. And so we find the band essaying everything from "Never on Sunday," "Hello Dolly," "More" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" to "Blowing in the Wind," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Danke Schoen," as well as the entire score of the hit children's musical, "Mary Poppins." Artistic compromise? Sure. Artistic disgrace? Not on your life. Duke was willing to try anything, but diminishing his musical gifts, or those...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Not only was Duke Ellington a musical genius, he was also an eminently pragmatic man. On joining the Reprise records roster in the early 1960s, Ellington and his ever-formidable band were encouraged to reflect the current popular musical trends in their repertoire. And so we find the band essaying everything from "Never on Sunday," "Hello Dolly," "More" and "I Can't Stop Loving You" to "Blowing in the Wind," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Danke Schoen," as well as the entire score of the hit children's musical, "Mary Poppins." Artistic compromise? Sure. Artistic disgrace? Not on your life. Duke was willing to try anything, but diminishing his musical gifts, or those of his faithful band members, was never in the cards. No matter the material, Ellington and his men inserted their own personalities, imbuing pop songs with a majesty worthy of the world's finest jazz orchestra. And with first-rate instrumental stylists -- such as saxophonists Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, and Harry Carney; trumpeters Ray Nance and Cootie Williams; trombonist Lawrence Brown; and drummer Sam Woodyard; not to mention composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn -- gracing the band's ranks, exceptional music making is never in question. In addition to the pop remake albums, ELLINGTON '65, ELLINGTON '66 and MARY POPPINS, this six-CD collection also has two fascinating recordings - WILL THE BIG BANDS EVER COME BACK and RECOLLECTIONS OF THE BIG BAND ERA -- on which Ellington and Co. brilliantly reinvent signature songs from the great big bands of the swing era, including Benny Goodman's "Goodbye," Count Basie's "One O' Clock Jump," and Tommy Dorsey's "I'm Getting Sentimental over You." But the Reprise years also produced some authentic Ellington sessions, including the great AFRO BOSSA, SYMPHONIC ELLINGTON (which finds the band sympathetically supported by European orchestras,) CONCERT IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, and DUKE ELLINGTON'S JAZZ VIOLIN SESSION (with guest violinists Stephane Grappelli and Sven Asmussen)- recordings that concentrate on excellent new originals or durable Ellington classics. Transitional as the Reprise years may have been -- the post-Reprise late 1960s would see such ur-Ellington masterpieces as FAR EAST SUITE and AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIM BILL -- they still were responsible for some magnificent music from a bandleader/composer who knew how to please his records company, his audience, and, most importantly, himself.
All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Not much has been said about Duke Ellington's Reprise Records period, and even less that's enthusiastic, mostly owing to the fact that his output there ran between two extremes: dazzlingly inventive conceptual pieces juxtaposed with re-recordings of classic big-band material, and pop-jazz efforts built around covers of current popular songs. Amid that wildly divergent body of work, it's no surprise that the live material from The Great Paris Concert and Ellington's Greatest Hits eclipsed much of his Reprise studio work. Thus, this five-CD box is the first opportunity that most listeners will have had to assess the music properly. As with all Mosaic issues, it's in recording session order, and Disc One opens with Ellington's 1962 covers of classic big-band material. Disc Two is where things not only get interesting but downright spellbinding, containing the entirety of the Afro-Bossa Album -- this is some of the most beautiful, engaging, and forward-looking music of Ellington's 1960s output, and the varied rhythms and textures are coupled with some truly luscious playing. Disc Three is largely given over to the material off of Symphonic Ellington, mixed band and orchestra pieces dating from the period in which Ellington began writing concert music for orchestra. Disc Four is devoted to the Ellington '65 and Ellington '66 albums, renditions of current pop and rock & roll hits. Few of Ellington's serious fans have ever professed much love for his Mary Poppins album, the contents of which open Disc Five, but the material holds up quite well, mostly because the soloists are enjoying themselves. As usual with Mosaic, the annotation and sessionography material are thoroughly detailed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Rhino/Wea Uk
  • UPC: 081227365820
  • Catalog Number: 273658

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christopher Columbus (3:07)
  2. 2 Let's Get Together (2:40)
  3. 3 Goodbye (3:08)
  4. 4 Chant of the Weed (3:27)
  5. 5 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (3:24)
  6. 6 One O'Clock Jump (7:24)
  7. 7 Tuxedo Junction (3:31)
  8. 8 Ciribiribin (3:31)
  9. 9 It's A Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around) (2:24)
  10. 10 Minnie the Moocher (2:50)
  11. 11 Sentimental Journey (2:32)
  12. 12 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:20)
  13. 13 For Dancers Only (3:07)
  14. 14 Rhapsody in Blue (4:51)
  15. 15 Contrasts (2:48)
  16. 16 Sleep, Sleep, Sleep (2:49)
  17. 17 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (2:37)
  18. 18 Auld Lang Syne (2:22)
  19. 19 The Midnight Sun Will Never Set (3:10)
  20. 20 Woodchopper's Ball (3:17)
  21. 21 Artistry in Rhythm (3:20)
  22. 22 Smoke Rings (2:55)
  23. 23 The Waltz You Saved for Me (2:30)
  24. 24 Cherokee (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Afro-Bossa (4:23)
  2. 2 Purple Gazelle (2:44)
  3. 3 Absinthe (3:34)
  4. 4 Moonbow (2:33)
  5. 5 Sempre Amoré (3:15)
  6. 6 Silk Lace (2:32)
  7. 7 Tigress (3:07)
  8. 8 Angu (2:42)
  9. 9 Volupté (2:45)
  10. 10 Bonga (2:50)
  11. 11 Pyramid (3:04)
  12. 12 The Eighth Veil (2:50)
  13. 13 Resume #1 (3:15)
  14. 14 Resume #2 (3:50)
  15. 15 Tricky's Licks (3:20)
  16. 16 Blues in C (3:56)
  17. 17 Limbo Jazz (5:28)
  18. 18 Pretty Little One (4:21)
  19. 19 String Along with Strings (6:29)
  20. 20 The Feeling of Jazz (3:22)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (4:25)
  2. 2 In a Sentimental Mood (3:47)
  3. 3 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:58)
  4. 4 Day Dream (3:12)
  5. 5 Cotton Tail (4:40)
  6. 6 Night Creature: First Movement/Blind Bug (4:08)
  7. 7 Night Creature: Second Movement/Stalking Monster (7:51)
  8. 8 Night Creature: Third Movement/ Dazzling Creature (4:02)
  9. 9 Non-Violent Integration (5:27)
  10. 10 La Scala, She Too Pretty to Be Blue (6:14)
  11. 11 Harlem (14:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Hello, Dolly! (2:07)
  2. 2 Call Me Irresponsible (3:19)
  3. 3 Fly Me to the Moon (2:31)
  4. 4 So Little Time (3:03)
  5. 5 Danke Schoen (2:36)
  6. 6 More (2:56)
  7. 7 The Second Time Around (3:43)
  8. 8 Never on a Sunday (3:54)
  9. 9 I Left My Heart in San Francisco (3:05)
  10. 10 Blowin' in the Wind (2:28)
  11. 11 Stranger on the Shore (2:52)
  12. 12 Red Roses for a Blue Lady (3:40)
  13. 13 Charade (2:40)
  14. 14 People (3:22)
  15. 15 All My Loving (3:25)
  16. 16 A Beautiful Friendship (2:47)
  17. 17 I Want to Hold Your Hand (2:05)
  18. 18 Days of Wine and Roses (3:23)
  19. 19 I Can't Stop Loving You (3:57)
  20. 20 The Good Life (3:16)
  21. 21 Satin Doll (2:31)
  22. 22 Moon River (2:42)
  23. 23 Ellington '66 (2:33)
Disc 5
  1. 1 A Spoonful of Sugar (3:13)
  2. 2 Chim Chim Cheree (2:52)
  3. 3 Feed the Birds (3:43)
  4. 4 Let's Go Fly a Kite (2:32)
  5. 5 Stay Awake (2:28)
  6. 6 I Love to Laugh (2:30)
  7. 7 Jolly Holiday (3:04)
  8. 8 Sister Suffragette (3:05)
  9. 9 The Perfect Nanny (4:09)
  10. 10 Step in Time (2:46)
  11. 11 The Life I Lead (3:44)
  12. 12 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (2:29)
  13. 13 Island Virgin (4:08)
  14. 14 Virgin Jungle (3:46)
  15. 15 Fiddler on the Diddle (3:15)
  16. 16 Jungle Kitty (3:00)
  17. 17 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (2:56)
  18. 18 Big Fat Alice's Blues (3:59)
  19. 19 Chelsea Bridge (3:47)
  20. 20 The Opener (2:50)
  21. 21 Mysterious Chick (3:17)
  22. 22 Barefoot Stomper (2:53)
  23. 23 Fade Up (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Mercer Ellington Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Stéphane Grappelli Piano, Violin
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin, Cornet
Cootie Williams Trumpet
Svend Asmussen Viola
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Major Holley Bass
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors Trombone, Bass Trombone
Roy Burrowes Trumpet
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Buster Cooper Trombone
Rolf Ericson Trumpet
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Johnson Tenor Saxophone
John Lamb Bass
Peck Morrison Bass
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Ernie Shepard Bass
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Nathan Woodard Trumpet
Sam Woodyard Drums
Herbie Jones Trumpet
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Mercer Ellington Composer
Bert Kaempfert Composer
Malcolm Addey Mastering
Michael Cuscuna Liner Notes, Re-Release Producer
Duke Ellington Original Album Producer
Milt Gabler Composer
Matt Pierson Executive Producer
Kurt Schwabach Composer
Richard M. Sherman Composer
Robert B. Sherman Composer
Richard Mantel Art Direction
Gérard Calvi Orchestra Director
Donald Kahn Composer
Ted Persons Composer
Stanley Styne Composer
Traditional Composer
Mark Tucker Liner Notes
Robert Burns Composer
Bart Howard Composer
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