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Treasury Shows, Vol. 9
     

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 9

by Duke Ellington
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Storyville Records
UPC:
0717101900923
catalogNumber:
9039009

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Oscar Pettiford   Trumpet,Double Bass
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

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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