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Treasury Shows, Vol. 15

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 15

by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
     
 
Duke Ellington more than proved his patriotism by performing for a series of Treasury Shows during World War II, and for a time after, his good will facilitated the sale of war bonds. Ellington fans are fortunate that so many of the programs not only survived intact but were well-recorded. In addition, the bandleader chose a mix of favorites from his vast

Overview

Duke Ellington more than proved his patriotism by performing for a series of Treasury Shows during World War II, and for a time after, his good will facilitated the sale of war bonds. Ellington fans are fortunate that so many of the programs not only survived intact but were well-recorded. In addition, the bandleader chose a mix of favorites from his vast songbook, plus standards, pop tunes, vocal features, and even a few of his lesser-known works, some of which he never recorded commercially. This two-CD set features two complete 1945 Treasury broadcasts, plus excerpts from several 1943 airchecks from the Hurricane Restaurant in New York City. In the October program, the band plays enthusiastically, with Tricky Sam Nanton and Lawrence Brown adding hot trombone solos to "Johnny Come Lately," followed by Harry Carney's rich baritone saxophone. Joya Sherrill's warm vocal in Ellington's little known ballad "The Wonder of You" (co-written by Johnny Hodges and lyricist Don George) features Billy Strayhorn on piano. Hodges' lush alto sax is showcased in the cheerful ballad "Mood to Be Wooed." "Three Cent Stomp" received a number of performances in the '40s, though it was gone from his repertoire before the decade was up. This jump tune features trumpeters Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, and Rex Stewart, Nanton, bassist Junior Raglin, and tenor saxophonist Al Sears. Kay Davis' vibrato-heavy voice sounds almost operatic in the standard "Yesterdays," while the blind singer Al Hibbler is backed by Brown's heartfelt trombone for "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me." The November show sticks with the tried-and-true mix of familiar Ellington works, standards, and pop songs. The lesser-known songs are a special treat, particularly the spirited take of "Emancipation Celebration" (part of Ellington's "Black, Brown & Beige" suite premiered in January 1943 at Carnegie Hall), showcasing Stewart, Nanton, and Raglin. Anderson penned the brassy "Court Session," with the trumpeter sharing the spotlight with Sears. Ellington takes the microphone for several bond promos, occasionally revealing a case of nerves as he reads the scripts. While the announcers talk over the introductions and conclusions to most of the songs, they aren't as annoying as some of the emcees heard on other shows. The detailed liner notes and excellent mastering add to the value of this historical set. The fidelity of the Hurricane broadcasts is a shade lower than the Treasury series, though it is still very good. Highlights include the bluesy "Way Low" (performed a handful of times but not after 1945), and Juan Tizol's spirited dance number "Around My Heart" heard in its only known performance. Tizol is the soloist for a brief arrangement of Walter Donaldson's "Nevada," though Harry Carney's bass clarinet feature is spoiled by a scratch on the source transcription disc.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
Label:
Storyville Records
UPC:
0717101901524
catalogNumber:
9039015
Rank:
111790

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Take the 'A" Train
  2. Johnny Come Lately
  3. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
  4. I'll Buy That Dream
  5. Stomp, Look and Listen
  6. Take the 'A' Train
  7. The Wonder of You
  8. Ellington Band Promo
  9. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
  10. The General Jumped At Dawn
  11. Mood To Be Wooed
  12. Three Cent Stomp
  13. Yesterdays
  14. Ellington Band Promo
  15. Do Nothin' till You Hear From Me
  16. Stompy Jones Intro
  17. Time's a-Wastin'
  18. As Time Goes By
  19. Way Low
  20. Around My Heart
  21. Perdido
  22. Ogeechee River Lullaby

Disc 2

  1. Oh! Lady Be Good
  2. Nevada
  3. Just Squeeze Me
  4. Take the'A' Train
  5. Clementine
  6. The Jeep is Jumpin'
  7. Don't Take Your Love From Me
  8. It Don't Mean a Thing
  9. Ellington Band Promo
  10. If You Are But a Dream
  11. Emancipation Celebration
  12. Caldonia
  13. Ring Dem Bells
  14. Take the 'A' Train
  15. A Door Will Open
  16. Ellington Bond Promo
  17. Court Session
  18. That's For Me
  19. On the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  20. Every Hour On the Hour
  21. Ellington Bond Promo
  22. How Deep is the Ocean
  23. Ellington and the Announcer "Joya's Audition"/Victory Drive
  24. Autumn Serenade
  25. Take the 'A' Train

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Golden Gate Quartet   Vocals
Hibbler   Vocals
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Kay Davis   Vocals
Duke Ellington   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Joay Sherill   Vocals

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Cat Anderson   Composer
Cab Calloway   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Don George   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
S. Gallop   Composer

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