In Sweden 1973

In Sweden 1973

by Duke Ellington


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In Sweden 1973

The Duke Ellington Orchestra was a shadow of its former greatness near the end of the maestro's life, with many of his earlier stars deceased, retired or missing at times due to ill health. The only veterans in this concert other than Duke are Russell Procope and Harry Carney; though there are flashes of brilliance, the ensembles lack the cohesion of earlier editions of the band. Most notable are the guests, including singer Alice Babs' feature on "Serenade To Sweden," Norris Turney's warm tribute to the late Johnny Hodges, "Checkered Hat," although her valiant scatting can't quite save a rather sloppy performance of "Spacemen," which probably suffered from a lack of rehearsal. A highlight is "There's Something About Me," a ballad Duke wrote with Babs in mind, on which the composer allows guest Nils Lindberg to play piano. Because of the relatively few available recordings of Alice Babs with Duke Ellington, this CD is worth acquiring, otherwise, it isn't an essential CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Caprice
UPC: 7391782215991
catalogNumber: 21599
Rank: 157484

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Johnny Coles   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mercer Ellington   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Harold Ashby   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Nils Lindberg   Piano
Ake Persson   Trombone
George Wein   Piano
Russell Procope   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Chuck Connors   Trombone
Art Baron   Trombone
Joe Benjamin   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Bars
Rolf Ericson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Barry Hall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Money Johnson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vincent Prudente   Trombone
Tony Watkins   Vocals
Alice Babs   Vocals
Harold "Geezil" Minerve   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Piccolo Flute
Quentin White   Drums
Rocky White   Drums
Anita Moore   Vocals
Percy Marion   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Eddie Edwards   Composer
Nick LaRocca   Composer
Nils Lindberg   Arranger
Bosse Broberg   Producer
Gote Nillson   Engineering
Henry W. Ragas   Composer
Tony Sbarbaro   Composer
Larry Shields   Composer
Alice Babs   Liner Notes
Jan Bruer   Producer,Liner Notes,Production Arrangement
Pontus Reuterswärd   Graphic Design
Harry Da Costa   Composer
Bo Johnson   Producer
Olle Karud   Cover Photo
Lars-Göran Ulander   Producer,Production Arrangement
Göte Nilsson   Engineer

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