Treasury Shows, Vol. 13

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 13

by Duke Ellington
     
 

Two complete Treasury show transcriptions and a portion of a third, all recorded by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra a few weeks after the end of World War II, make up this two-CD compilation. Recorded to help the government sell war bonds to finance the tremendous expense of carrying out a two-front war, while they are…  See more details below

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Two complete Treasury show transcriptions and a portion of a third, all recorded by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra a few weeks after the end of World War II, make up this two-CD compilation. Recorded to help the government sell war bonds to finance the tremendous expense of carrying out a two-front war, while they are referred to as Victory Bonds in peacetime, to help pay for the medical care and rehabilitation of wounded veterans (among other things), these transcriptions have been beautifully restored with good balance and minimal surface noise by Jerry Valburn. While many of the pieces will be familiar to casual jazz fans, the frequency of the program (Ellington appeared almost every week between early April and the end of November 1945) gave the bandleader the opportunity to try out new compositions, revive earlier works, and include a few pop songs of the day. As a result, obscurities by Ellington like "Fickle Fling," "Someone" (a piece also recorded as "Blue Alone" and "The Sky Fell Down"), "Way Low" (listed as "Lament in a Minor Mood"), "Teardrops in the Rain," "Fancy Dan" (which was premiered on this very broadcast), and "Three Cent Stomp," almost of which were performed no more than a couple of dozen times and most of which were gone from the band book before the decade was over, will be of great interest to serious fans. Of course, star soloists fare well, particularly Johnny Hodges, Tricky Sam Nanton, Harry Carney, Rex Stewart, and Ray Nance. The vocal numbers are equally enjoyable, particularly those featuring Kay Davis' rich sound. Ellington is still uncomfortable reading the heavy-handed bond promotion scripts throughout each show, but no one can question his patriotism or musicianship in these historic broadcasts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
Label:
Storyville Records
UPC:
0717101901326
catalogNumber:
9013
Rank:
119358

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Someone
  2. Riff Staccato
  3. Homesick, That's All
  4. Kissing Bug
  5. Take the "A" Train (Theme)
  6. Take the "A" Train (Theme)
  7. Time's A-Wastin'
  8. De Bond Promo
  9. Three Cent Stomp
  10. There's No You
  11. Fancy Dan
  12. Everything But You
  13. Fickle Fling
  14. De Bond Promo
  15. Blue Serge
  16. Take the "A" Train
  17. Stompy Jones
  18. Walkin' with My Honey
  19. Everything But You
  20. In a Mellotone
  21. Solid Old Man
  22. [Untitled]

Disc 2

  1. I Ain't Got Nothing But the Blues
  2. Blue Skies
  3. Suddenly It Jumped
  4. Take the "A" Train
  5. Take the "A" Train (Theme)
  6. Main Stem
  7. Carnegie Blues
  8. I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
  9. Bond Promo
  10. What Am I Here For?
  11. Lilly Belle
  12. Homesick, That's All
  13. Go Away Blues
  14. Frantic Fantasy
  15. If You Are But a Dream
  16. Bond Promo
  17. Jack the Bear
  18. Every Hour on the Hour
  19. Cotton Tail
  20. Lament in a Minor Mood (Way Low)
  21. Bond Promo
  22. Teardrops in the Rain
  23. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues
  24. Things Ain't What They Used to Be

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader,Bandleader
Edward Kennedy Ellington   Indexed Contributor
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Joya Sherrill   Vocals
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kay Davis   Vocals
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Junior Raglin   Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy And His Orchestra Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Joseph Nanton   Trombone
Albert Hibbler   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Rex Stewart   Composer
Joya Sherrill   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Valburn   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Don George   Composer
Milt Orent   Composer

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