The Treasury Shows, Vol. 9

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington and his band participated in numerous weekly broadcasts during a good part of the 1940s; this two-CD compilation features three complete programs as they were originally aired. Although these performances fall short of groundbreaking, they have their moments. The two U.S. Treasury Department-sponsored broadcasts, created to promote the sale of war bonds, find Ellington mixing compositions both old and new with current pop songs and an occasional cover of a song associated with other bands. By far the most interesting tracks are Ellington's newest works. The ballad "Teardrops in the Rain," co-written with trumpeter Cat Anderson, had only been added to the book ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington and his band participated in numerous weekly broadcasts during a good part of the 1940s; this two-CD compilation features three complete programs as they were originally aired. Although these performances fall short of groundbreaking, they have their moments. The two U.S. Treasury Department-sponsored broadcasts, created to promote the sale of war bonds, find Ellington mixing compositions both old and new with current pop songs and an occasional cover of a song associated with other bands. By far the most interesting tracks are Ellington's newest works. The ballad "Teardrops in the Rain," co-written with trumpeter Cat Anderson, had only been added to the book a few months earlier and was gone by the following year. Rather than high-note theatrics, Anderson sticks to muted trumpet. "Frustration" was first performed in 1944 and was played from time to time through 1960, a great feature for Harry Carney's powerful baritone sax, though this version has a new meaning since it is interrupted by a news flash about the U.S. Senate's approval of membership in the newly created U.N. A revival of the 1936 composition "Trumpet in Spades" also known as "Rex's Concerto" marks the final performance of the tune by the extraordinary trumpeter Rex Stewart. "Moon Mist" showcases Ray Nance's lyrical violin and the magical Johnny Hodges on alto sax, as well as the mellow trombone of Lawrence Brown. One oddity is "Time's A-Wastin'," which is credited to Johnny Hodges, Taft Jordan, and Lawrence Brown, but is actually an alternate name for Mercer Ellington's well-known blues "Things Ain't What They Used to Be." "Downbeat Shuffle" showcases Carney's bass clarinet, Jimmy Hamilton's clarinet, and the matchless trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton in a swinging arrangement. There are also several vocal numbers, featuring either Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, or Al Hibbler, though the ladies outshine Hibbler easily. The only reservations are minor. One announcer attempts to introduce a number with several bad puns instead of getting out of the band's way, while another introduces Lawrence Brown as "Larry." It is unfortunate that Ellington was stuck reading bond promo scripts cold several times during each show; no one doubts his patriotism, but he is clearly nervous and uncomfortable. Although this volume has excellent sound considering the vintage of the transcription discs that served as the source material, this compilation will be of most interest to veteran jazz collectors rather than new jazz fans or those with a passing interest in Duke Ellington.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101900923
  • Catalog Number: 9039009
  • Sales rank: 203,781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the "A" Train (Opening Theme) (0:47)
  2. 2 Teardrops in the Rain (2:48)
  3. 3 Frustration (4:04)
  4. 4 Ellington Bond Promo (1:13)
  5. 5 Everything But You (2:46)
  6. 6 9:20 Special (3:55)
  7. 7 Moon Mist (3:21)
  8. 8 Rockin' in Rhythm (4:57)
  9. 9 Ellington Bond Promo (0:44)
  10. 10 Every Hour on the Hour/Into Station Break - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (2:42)
  11. 11 Take the "A" Train (Theme)/Into Broadcast Return (0:27)
  12. 12 Medley: In a Sentimental Mood/Black Beauty/Sophisticated Lady/Caravan (11:34)
  13. 13 Ellington Bond Promo (0:37)
  14. 14 Trumpet in Spades (3:48)
  15. 15 Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (4:41)
  16. 16 Go Away Blues (2:16)
  17. 17 Ellington Bond Promo (1:10)
  18. 18 One O'Clock Jump/Into Broadcast Close (4:52)
  19. 19 Crosstown (2:25)
  20. 20 The Wonder of You (2:41)
  21. 21 Cotton Tail (4:02)
  22. 22 I'm Just a Lucky So and So (3:44)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Time's A-Wastin' (4:21)
  2. 2 Three Cent Stomp (3:37)
  3. 3 Long, Strong and Consecutive (2:54)
  4. 4 Blue Skies (3:10)
  5. 5 Everything But You/Into Broadcast Close (0:36)
  6. 6 Take the "A" Train (Opening Theme) (0:55)
  7. 7 Dancing in the Dark (3:41)
  8. 8 Downbeat Shuffle (4:14)
  9. 9 Ellington Bond Promo (0:54)
  10. 10 Tonight I Shall Sleep - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:02)
  11. 11 Esquire Swank (4:03)
  12. 12 Creole Love Call (5:32)
  13. 13 I Miss Your Kiss (3:08)
  14. 14 Riff Staccato/Into Ellington Bond Promo Followed by Station Break (1:57)
  15. 15 Take the "A" Train (Theme) /Broadcast Return (0:19)
  16. 16 Medley: Passion Flower/Frantic Fantasy/Air Conditioned Jungle/On ... (17:15)
  17. 17 Metronome All-Out (4:52)
  18. 18 Everything But You/Ellington Bond Promo (4:21)
  19. 19 Solid Old Man/Into Broadcast Close (1:48)
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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
Oscar Pettiford Trumpet, Double Bass
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
Billy Strayhorn Piano
Junior Raglin Bass
Otto Hardwick Alto Saxophone
Lawrence D. Brown Trombone
Joseph Nanton Trombone
Edward Kennedy Ellington Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Cat Anderson Composer
Mercer Ellington Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Sammy Kaye Composer
Rex Stewart Composer
Lawrence Brown Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harry Carney Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Jimmy Hamilton Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Billy Strayhorn Arranger, Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Earle Warren Composer
Jerry Valburn Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
William Engvick Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Don George Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Mack David Composer
T.J. Jordan Composer
J.J. Hodges Composer
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