Blue Rose

Blue Rose

by Rosemary Clooney


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Blue Rose

Rosemary Clooney may have seemed to be a surprising choice to be featured with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, but this collaboration is extremely successful in spite of the fact that Clooney was unable to join the band in the studio due to complications of a very difficult pregnancy. The solution was for the band to record the music (after Billy Strayhorn made the first of several trips to Los Angeles to consult with her). The results are stunning and not in the least bit canned, due to the professionalism of all parties involved and a stellar engineering of the separately recorded tracks. Clooney swings throughout "Me and You" and "It Don't Mean a Thing" without excess, her wordless vocal on "Blue Rose," and a captivating "Mood Indigo" are among the many highlights. The sound on this Legacy series reissue is greatly improved over the earlier Mobile Fidelity CD, plus there are two tracks added, the obscure but appealing "If You Were in My Place (What Would You Do?)" and "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'," that were only issued as a single and omitted from the original release. It's a pity that the collaboration of Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington was only a one-shot deal, as she easily ranks as one of the greatest vocalists to appear on record with the maestro.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972418223
catalogNumber: 724182

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Reeds
Johnny Hodges   Reeds
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Gordon Jackson   Trombone
Russell Procope   Reeds
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harry Carney   Reeds
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Duke Ellington   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Reeds
John Sanders   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Henri Renaud   Producer
Duke Ellington   Arranger
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger
Irving Townsend   Liner Notes

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