Uptown Downbeat

Uptown Downbeat

by Duke Ellington

CD

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Overview

Uptown Downbeat

Here's instant relief for those who need a quick shot of classic Duke Ellington in the form of 25 recordings made between December 1927 and May 1940 that map the development of this superb big band from the close of the Bubber Miley period to the dawn of what has since come to be called the Blanton-Webster band (so named for the combined presence and influence of string bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster). Duke Ellington's orchestra was the definitive, breathing embodiment of big-band jazz for about 50 years; a perusal of his collective personnel listing can provide newcomers with plenty of clues for further exploration (begin by feeding your search engine the following names: Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Juan Tizol, Barney Bigard, and Wellman Braud). Vocalists heard on this collection are Ozie Ware, Dick Robertson, and the divine Ivie Anderson.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2004
Label: Avid Records Uk
UPC: 5022810154624
catalogNumber: 546

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Hayes Alvis   Bass
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Clarinet (Tenor)
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Clarinet
Joe Garland   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo,Guitar
Rudy Jackson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Juan Tizol   Trombone,Vocals
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Dick Robertson   Vocals
Jungle Band   Track Performer
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ozie Ware   Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Cornell   Composer
Dale Wimbrow   Composer

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