The Treasury Shows, Vol. 10

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington appeared in a series of broadcasts during World War II to support the sale of war bonds by the U.S. Treasury Department. This is the tenth two-CD volume of these live performances. Gathered in this compilation are two complete broadcasts from August 1945, along with two airchecks from the same year. In the first Treasury Show, the band plays swinging treatments of "What Am I Here For," "Midriff," and "Harlem Air Shaft," along with pop tunes of the day "Blue Is the Night" and "Out of This World" which has long since become a standard. There is a bit of minor fluctuation in the volume from the transcription discs that served as the source material, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington appeared in a series of broadcasts during World War II to support the sale of war bonds by the U.S. Treasury Department. This is the tenth two-CD volume of these live performances. Gathered in this compilation are two complete broadcasts from August 1945, along with two airchecks from the same year. In the first Treasury Show, the band plays swinging treatments of "What Am I Here For," "Midriff," and "Harlem Air Shaft," along with pop tunes of the day "Blue Is the Night" and "Out of This World" which has long since become a standard. There is a bit of minor fluctuation in the volume from the transcription discs that served as the source material, but otherwise, the sound is remarkably clear and free of defects. The second Treasury Show in this two-CD set starts with several excerpts from his extended suite Black, Brown and Beige, with singer Marie Ellington showcased in "The Blues," while the spiritual-influenced "Come Sunday" is played as an instrumental with alto sax great Johnny Hodges taking a prominent solo. Other favorites include "Subtle Slough," with its saucy muted horns later retitled "Just Squeeze Me" when lyrics were added to it, a vocal duet by Al Hibbler and Kay Davis of "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues," along with "Bugle Breaks," a humorous feature for trumpeter Rex Stewart that was never recorded commercially. The tracks recorded at the New Zanzibar include a number of memorable performances. The brisk take of "Stompy Jones" has fine solos by clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, trombonist Lawrence Brown, baritone saxophonist Harry Carney, and trumpeters Ray Nance and Cat Anderson, as well as the leader. The languid "Carnegie Blues" and the driving "Fancy Dan" which was never commercially recorded by Ellington are also highlights of this date. The brief set from the 400 Restaurant in New York City is primarily a showcase for vocalists, though Lawrence Brown's sensual trombone solo in the pop ballad "I Miss Your Kiss" is yet another tune never commercially recorded. Engineer and longtime Ellington collector Jerry Valburn contributed the detailed liner notes for this compilation, which will be of great interest to fans of Duke Ellington.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101901029
  • Catalog Number: 9039010
  • Sales rank: 237,552

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:48)
  2. 2 What Am I Here For? (3:11)
  3. 3 Blue Is the Night (4:03)
  4. 4 Ellington Bond Promo (0:48)
  5. 5 The Wish I Wish Tonight (1:56)
  6. 6 Someone/Station Break (1:34)
  7. 7 Take the "A" Train (Theme)/Return (0:44)
  8. 8 Harlem Air Shaft (3:18)
  9. 9 Out of This World (2:57)
  10. 10 Ellington Bond Promo (0:39)
  11. 11 Midriff (4:29)
  12. 12 Everything But You (3:40)
  13. 13 Ring Dem Bells (3:29)
  14. 14 Mood to Be Wooed (4:21)
  15. 15 Ellington Bond Promo (0:46)
  16. 16 Emancipation Celebration/Broadcast Close (1:46)
  17. 17 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:41)
  18. 18 Suddenly It Jumped (2:51)
  19. 19 Laura (3:08)
  20. 20 Kissing Bug (3:16)
  21. 21 Stompy Jones (3:41)
  22. 22 Solid Old Man (3:33)
  23. 23 Carnegie Blues (3:01)
  24. 24 In a Mellotone (3:00)
  25. 25 Fancy Dan (4:15)
  26. 26 Take the "A" Train (Theme)/Close (0:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:41)
  2. 2 Work Song (Black, Brown and Beige) (7:02)
  3. 3 Ellington Bond Promo (1:02)
  4. 4 The Blues (Black, Brown and Beige) (5:28)
  5. 5 West Indian Dance (Black, Brown and Beige) (2:30)
  6. 6 Ellington Bond Promo (1:12)
  7. 7 Come Sunday/Light (Black, Brown and Beige) (8:43)
  8. 8 Take the "A" Train (Theme)/Station Break (0:28)
  9. 9 Take the "A" Train (Theme)/Broadcast Return (0:32)
  10. 10 Subtle Slough (4:10)
  11. 11 Ellington Bond Promo (0:56)
  12. 12 Blue Skies (3:23)
  13. 13 I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues (3:00)
  14. 14 Riff Staccato (3:05)
  15. 15 Bugle Breaks (3:06)
  16. 16 Kissing Bug (3:23)
  17. 17 Ellington Bond Promo (1:01)
  18. 18 Suddenly It Jumped (3:04)
  19. 19 Warm Valley/Broadcast Close (3:47)
  20. 20 Take the "A" Train (Theme) (0:28)
  21. 21 I Miss You Kiss (3:06)
  22. 22 He's Home for a Little While (2:54)
  23. 23 Riff Staccato (3:07)
  24. 24 I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues (3:01)
  25. 25 I'm Beginning to See the Light (1:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano, Leader
Al Hibbler Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet, Violin, Vocals
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart Trumpet
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Joya Sherrill Vocals
Sonny Greer Drums
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Kay Davis Vocals
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton Trombone
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Junior Raglin Bass, Double Bass
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Marie Ellington Vocals
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Joseph Nanton Trombone
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Sammy Kaye Composer
Rex Stewart Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Joya Sherrill Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Duke Ellington Arranger, Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
David Raksin Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Jerry Valburn Producer, Liner Notes
Ted Shapiro Composer
Don George Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Jack Scholl Composer
M.K. Jerome Composer
Jørgen Vad Mastering
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