The Treasury Shows, Vol. 16

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The 16th volume of Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows from the World War II era contain two complete programs, in addition to excerpts of other transcribed broadcasts from earlier in the decade. When Ellington was given this opportunity to gain exposure for his band, when the Musician's Union recording ban kept him out of the studio, he was able to build his audience while showing his patriotism, assisting the U.S. government in the sales of war bonds, and reading several fundraising scripts during the show. A typical program included hits, pop songs, new compositions, and occasional guests. Both shows are from November 1945; although the war was over, bond sales were still ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
The 16th volume of Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows from the World War II era contain two complete programs, in addition to excerpts of other transcribed broadcasts from earlier in the decade. When Ellington was given this opportunity to gain exposure for his band, when the Musician's Union recording ban kept him out of the studio, he was able to build his audience while showing his patriotism, assisting the U.S. government in the sales of war bonds, and reading several fundraising scripts during the show. A typical program included hits, pop songs, new compositions, and occasional guests. Both shows are from November 1945; although the war was over, bond sales were still emphasized to pay for care and rehabilitation of wounded veterans, rebuilding efforts overseas, and to keep inflation down with the sudden increase in the money supply. The pristine condition of the source transcription discs and excellent recording make these shows of special interest to Ellington collectors. One of the highlights of the first show include "Frustration," a feature for Harry Carney's robust baritone sax that remained in the band book for 15 years, though performed only sporadically. "9.20 Special," penned by Count Basie tenor saxophonist Earle Warren as a feature for Coleman Hawkins, marks the leader's affinity for train songs, having written a few of his own. Johnny Hodges' "Crosstown" was premiered on this occasion, though this playful jump tune disappeared from the book after a few performances. Ellington's "Cottontail" had a long life in his repertoire; it premiered in 1940 and played until the end of his career. The tenor soloist on this version is the relatively unheralded Al Sears, who fills Ben Webster's shoes very well, in addition to an energetic trumpet solo by Cat Anderson. The second show, recorded the following week, is marked by two personnel changes: the arrival of the accomplished bassist Oscar Pettiford and the loss of star trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton, who had suffered a stroke. Pettiford shines in the solo spotlight of "Jack the Bear," written as a show piece for bassist Jimmy Blanton, whose career and life were cut short by tuberculosis. The pop song "I Can't Begin to Tell You" offers an opportunity to hear Carney's skills as a bass clarinet soloist. This Treasury broadcast ends after roughly a half-hour, evidently truncated by a football broadcast. The remaining material comes from various air checks in 1943 and 1945, though the audio quality isn't at the level of the Treasury Shows. The notable tracks include the exotic "Bakiff" featuring Ray Nance on violin, and a romp through "Ring Dem Bells." But the brief and sometimes interrupted songs, along with a dreadful, condescending interview of Ellington by a hapless announcer, make these portions less noteworthy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2012
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101901623
  • Catalog Number: 9039016
  • Sales rank: 114,904

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the 'A' Train/Broadcast Intro - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:41)
  2. 2 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:52)
  3. 3 Take the 'A' Train (Theme) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:53)
  4. 4 9:20 Special - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:04)
  5. 5 Frustration - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:02)
  6. 6 Ellington Bond Promo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:06)
  7. 7 Jennie - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:28)
  8. 8 Dancing in the Dark - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:57)
  9. 9 Crosstown - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:01)
  10. 10 Passion Flower - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:36)
  11. 11 Bond Promo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:39)
  12. 12 Victory Drive - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:13)
  13. 13 Get on Board Little Children - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:35)
  14. 14 Take the 'A' Train (Theme)/Broadcast Return - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:46)
  15. 15 Black, Brown & Beige (Come Sunday, Light) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (12:13)
  16. 16 Ellington Bond Promo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:22)
  17. 17 11:60 P.M. - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:04)
  18. 18 Tell It To a Star - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:13)
  19. 19 I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:12)
  20. 20 Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:16)
  21. 21 Waiting For the Train To Come In - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:02)
  22. 22 Star Spangled Banner/Broadcast Closing - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:06)
  23. 23 Subtle Slough - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:01)
  24. 24 Main Stem - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:57)
  25. 25 Bakiff - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:26)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Take the 'A' Train (Theme)/Broadcast Intro - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:48)
  2. 2 Walking With My Honey - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:50)
  3. 3 Jack the Bear - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:40)
  4. 4 Autumn Serenade - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:56)
  5. 5 Ellington Bond Promo - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:50)
  6. 6 Tell It To a Star - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:16)
  7. 7 Hey Diddle Diddle - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:04)
  8. 8 I Can't Begin To Tell You - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:16)
  9. 9 How Deep is the Ocean - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:28)
  10. 10 The Wonder of You - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:39)
  11. 11 Victory Drive - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:18)
  12. 12 As Long As I Live/Broadcast Closing - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:34)
  13. 13 Take the 'A' Train - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:24)
  14. 14 Interview With Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:35)
  15. 15 The Canteen Bounce - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:51)
  16. 16 Perdido - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:14)
  17. 17 Interview With Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:41)
  18. 18 Hayfoot, Strawfoot - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:03)
  19. 19 Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:30)
  20. 20 Interview With Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:32)
  21. 21 A Slip of the Lip - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:44)
  22. 22 Things Ain't What They Used To Be - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:14)
  23. 23 Interview With Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1:39)
  24. 24 Ring Dem Bells - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:55)
  25. 25 Moon Mist - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:26)
  26. 26 C Jame Blues - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:30)
  27. 27 It Don't Mean a Thing - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:40)
  28. 28 Tonight I Shall Sleep - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:10)
  29. 29 Ring Dem Bells - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:20)
  30. 30 Don't Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:21)
  31. 31 Things Ain't What They Used To Be - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (0:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Ellington Primary Artist, Piano
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Al Hibbler Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Johnny Hodges Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance Trumpet
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart Cornet
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown Trombone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Joya Sherrill Vocals
Sonny Greer Drums
Harold Baker Trumpet
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Kay Davis Vocals
Fred Guy Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill Trumpet
Claude Jones Trombone
Nat Jones Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Mellotones Vocals
Juan Tizol Trombone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur De Paris Trombone
Wallace Jones Trumpet
Sandy Williams Trombone
Junior Raglin Bass
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Bernard Archer Trombone
Lloyd Nelson Trotman Bass
Joe Nanton Trombone
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Harry Carney Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
John Stafford Smith Composer
Jerry Valburn Producer, Liner Notes
Don George Composer
Francis Scott Key Composer
Martin Block Composer
Traditional Composer
Sonny Skylar Composer
J. Monaco Composer
I. Gordon Composer
L. Gaines Composer
Fortis Composer
H. Dietz Composer
A. Schwartz Composer
Luther Henderson Jr. Composer
S. Gallop Composer
Charlie Tobias Composer
D. Manning Composer
Roger Boyes Liner Notes
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