Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Vol. 1: 1943

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Vol. 1: 1943

by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

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Overview

In the 1980s, the release of Duke Ellington's complete transcriptions for World Broadcasting was a major addition to his already sizable catalog. The songs on this compilation include everything recorded on November 8, 1943, with two takes from the next day's session. The fidelity is outstanding, as Circle was able to utilize the original glass masters, resulting in sound that exceeds many of Ellington's commercial recordings of the era. That said, the presence of numerous incomplete takes and false starts makes it difficult to listen to the complete CD all the way through. Highlights of this first volume include "Rockin' in Rhythm" (spotlighting trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton); Rex Stewart's cornet in his special feature, "Boy Meets Horn"; Johnny Hodges' lush alto sax in "Sentimental Lady" (also known later as "I Didn't Know About You"); and "Blue Skies" (also known under the title "Trumpet No End"), Mary Lou Williams' arrangement of Irving Berlin's landmark piece. Dizzy Gillespie is a special guest, taking the place of Ray Nance and Shorty Baker on the initial session. This is an essential purchase for Ellington fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/1995
Label: Circle
UPC: 0762247410126
catalogNumber: 101
Rank: 118798

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Hibbler   Vocals
Dizzy Gillespie   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Vocals
Betty Roché   Vocals
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harry Carney   Reeds,Bars
Duke Ellington   Piano
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Elbert Williams   Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Otto Hardwick   Reeds,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Barney Bigard   Composer
Frank Driggs   Cover Photo
Duke Ellington   Composer
George H. Buck   Producer
Reg Stagmaier   Art Direction
Bill Thompson   Cover Photo

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