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Vol. 2: From the Cotton Club to Sweden
     

Vol. 2: From the Cotton Club to Sweden

by Duke Ellington
 
The JSP label presents the second volume of vintage sides dating from Duke Ellington's early years as a bandleader. The heading "From the Cotton Club to Sweden" does not indicate a transatlantic tour, but simply reflects the producer's penchant for using song titles to concoct names for compilation sets (JSP's previous volume of Ellington, for example, was called "Mrs

Overview

The JSP label presents the second volume of vintage sides dating from Duke Ellington's early years as a bandleader. The heading "From the Cotton Club to Sweden" does not indicate a transatlantic tour, but simply reflects the producer's penchant for using song titles to concoct names for compilation sets (JSP's previous volume of Ellington, for example, was called "Mrs. Clinkscales to the Cotton Club"). This set, then, is named after the "Cotton Club Stomp" and the "Serenade to Sweden." Packed with 100 beautifully remastered selections recorded between March 1929 and February 1940, it forms a valuable bridge between the explosive brilliance of Duke's first five years of recording activity and the artistic triumphs of the Jimmy Blanton/Ben Webster band of the early '40s. During the '30s, Ellington blossomed as a composer as he wrote music specifically tailored for each of his star soloists. Singers heard on this collection are Ivie Anderson, Ethel Waters, the Mills Brothers, Irving Mills, and various members of the band. Having the essential Ellington records of the '30s in one box is a treat not to be missed. For quantity, quality, and remarkably low list price, you won't do better than this.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Jsp Records
UPC:
0788065903626
catalogNumber:
936

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Rent Party Blues
  2. Paducah
  3. Harlem Flat Blues
  4. Hot Feet
  5. Sloppy Joe
  6. Stevedore Stomp
  7. Cotton Club Stomp
  8. Arabian Lover
  9. Saratoga Swing
  10. Jungle Jamboree
  11. Snake Hip Dance
  12. Jazz Convulsions
  13. The Duke Steps Out
  14. Haunted Nights
  15. Lazy Duke
  16. Blues of the Vagabond
  17. When You're Smiling
  18. Maori
  19. Double Check Stomp
  20. Cotton Club Stomp
  21. Jungle Nights in Harlem
  22. Shout 'Em Aunt Tillie
  23. Ring dem Bells
  24. Old Man Blues
  25. Big House Blues

Disc 2

  1. Rocky Mountain Blues
  2. Mood Indigo
  3. Rockin' in Rhythm
  4. Creole Rhapsody, Pt. 1
  5. Creole Rhapsody, Pt. 2
  6. The Mystery Song
  7. It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
  8. Jazz Cocktail
  9. Delta Bound
  10. Diga Diga Doo
  11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  12. Eerie Moan
  13. Merry-Go-Round
  14. Sophisticated Lady
  15. I've Got the World Upon a String
  16. Down a Carolina Lane
  17. Slippery Horn
  18. Drop Me off at Harlem
  19. Get Yourself a New Broom (And Sweep Those Blues Away)
  20. Bundle of Blues
  21. Stormy Weather
  22. Hyde Park
  23. Ain't Misbehavin'
  24. Jive Stomp
  25. In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree

Disc 3

  1. Daybreak Express
  2. Solitude
  3. Troubled Waters
  4. Moonglow
  5. In a Sentimental Mood
  6. Merry Go Round
  7. Clarinet Lament (Barney's Concerto)
  8. Echoes of Harlem (Cootie's Concerto)
  9. Kissin' My Baby Goodnight
  10. Oh Babe! Maybe Someday
  11. In a Jam
  12. I've Got to Be a Rug Cutter
  13. Caravan
  14. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm
  15. Diminuendo in Blue
  16. Crescendo in Blue
  17. The Gal from Joe's
  18. I Let a Song Go out of My Heart
  19. Braggin' in Brass
  20. I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (With the Sole of My Shoe)
  21. You Gave Me the Gate (And I'm Swingin')
  22. Rose of the Rio Grande
  23. When My Sugar Walks Down the Street
  24. A Gypsy Without a Song
  25. A Blues Serenade

Disc 4

  1. Old King Dooji
  2. Pussy Willow
  3. Subtle Lament
  4. Smorgasbord and Schnapps
  5. Portrait of the Lion
  6. Solid Old Man
  7. Cotton Club Stomp
  8. Doin' the Voom Voom
  9. Way Low
  10. Serenade to Sweden
  11. In a Mizz
  12. I'm Checkin' out Goo'm Bye
  13. You Can Count on Me
  14. Bouncin' Bouyancy
  15. The Sergeant Was Shy
  16. Grievin'
  17. Little Posey
  18. I've Never Felt This Way Before
  19. Grievin'
  20. Tootin' Through the Root
  21. Weely (A Portrait of Billy Strayhorn)
  22. Killin' Myself
  23. Your Love Has Faded
  24. Country Girl
  25. Solitude

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Mills Brothers   Vocals
Charlie Barnet   Chimes
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet,Vocals
Ethel Waters   Vocals
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet,Vocals
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Irving Mills   Vocals,Spoken Word
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Jimmy Blanton   Double Bass,String Bass
Wellman Braud   Double Bass,String Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Hayes Alvis   Vocals,Double Bass,String Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Double Bass,Soloist
Joe Garland   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo,Guitar
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet,Vocals,Tap Dance,Taps
Donald Mills   Vocals,Group
Harry Mills   Vocals,Group
Herbert Mills   Vocals,Group
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Billy Taylor   Double Bass
Juan Tizol   Trombone,Valve Trombone,Vocals
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet,Vocals
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
John Mills   Vocals
Otto Hardwick   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Fred Avendorf   Drums
Cornell Smelser   Accordion,Piano-Accordion
John H.R. Mills   Vocals,Group
Lawrence D. Brown   Trombone
Brass Band   Harp

Technical Credits

Duke Ellington   Arranger,Director
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger
Brick Fleagle   Arranger
Sally-Ann Worsfold   Annotation

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