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Duke Ellington|70th Birthday Concert

70th Birthday Concert

Duke Ellington

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This double CD reissues a Solid State double LP that ranks as one of Duke Ellington's finest recordings of his final decade. The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke's ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington's mighty band. Among the many highlights are definitive renditions of "Rockin' in Rhythm" and "Take the 'A' Train" (the latter has some wonderful Cootie Williams trumpet), a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges, a tenor battle on "In Triplicate," a few guest spots for organist Wild Bill Davis, and a 16-and-a-half-minute, nine-song medley that really works well. The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note display by Cat Anderson on "Satin Doll" that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever; each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpet, and is in tune, too. This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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Duke Ellington

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1
Rockin' In Rhythm
Duke Ellington
00:05:54

Duke Ellington, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Harry Carney, ComposerLyricist

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records Inc.

2
B.P. (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:04:41

Duke Ellington, Composer, MainArtist - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

3
Take The "A" Train (Live At Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 1969)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:05:47

Billy Strayhorn, ComposerLyricist - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, MainArtist

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1975 Blue Note Records

4
Tootie For Cootie (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:06:27

J. Hamilton, Composer - Duke Ellington, Composer, MainArtist - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

5
4:30 Blues (Live)
Duke Ellington
00:04:21

Duke Ellington, Composer, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wild Bill Davis, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence Brown, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cootie Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Ashby, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Carney, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY HODGES, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mercer Ellington, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Norris Turney, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rolf Ericson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Connors, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Anderson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Victor Gaskin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Rufus "Speedy" Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1970 Blue Note Records

6
El Gato (Live From Free Trade Hall,United Kingdom/1969)
Duke Ellington
00:04:22

Duke Ellington, MainArtist - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - W.C. Anderson, Composer

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

7
Black Butterfly (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:04:46

B. Carruthers, Composer - Duke Ellington, MainArtist - Irving Mills, Composer - David M. Ellingson, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

8
Things Ain't What They Used To Be (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:03:01

Duke Ellington, Composer, MainArtist - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

9
Laying On Mellow (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:05:05

Duke Ellington, MainArtist - David M. Ellingson, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

DISC 2

1
Satin Doll (Live; Digitally Remastered 95)
Duke Ellington
00:05:37

Duke Ellington, Composer, MainArtist - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Billy Strayhorn, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1995 Blue Note Records

2
Azure (Live / Instrumental)
Duke Ellington
00:04:57

Duke Ellington, Composer, MainArtist - Irving Mills, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1995 Blue Note Records

3
In Triplicate (Live)
Duke Ellington
00:06:55

Duke Ellington, Composer, Flute, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wild Bill Davis, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence Brown, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cootie Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Harold Ashby, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Carney, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY HODGES, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mercer Ellington, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Norris Turney, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rolf Ericson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Connors, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Anderson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Victor Gaskin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Rufus "Speedy" Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1970 Blue Note Records

4
Perdido
Duke Ellington
00:03:22

Duke Ellington, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wild Bill Davis, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Lawrence Brown, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cootie Williams, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Drake, Composer - Juan Tizol, Composer - Harold Ashby, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Carney, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - JOHNNY HODGES, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mercer Ellington, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Norris Turney, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rolf Ericson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Chuck Connors, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cat Anderson, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Hans J. Lengsfelder, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Victor Gaskin, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Rufus "Speedy" Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1995 Blue Note Records

5
Fifi (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:03:41

Duke Ellington, MainArtist - David M. Ellingson, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

6
Medley
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:15:11

Duke Ellington, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Russell, ComposerLyricist - Mack David, Author - Barney Bigard, ComposerLyricist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Juan Tizol, ComposerLyricist - Irving Gordon, ComposerLyricist - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, MainArtist - HENRY NEMO, ComposerLyricist - John Redmond, ComposerLyricist - Lee Otho Gaines, ComposerLyricist

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1975 Blue Note Records

7
Black Swan (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:09:22

Duke Ellington, Composer, MainArtist - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

8
Final Ellington Speech (Live; Digitally Remastered)
Duke Ellington
00:02:05

Duke Ellington, MainArtist - Spoken Word, Composer - Bob Auger, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Noel Walker, Producer - Jason Arnold, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

Blue Note (R) is a registered trademark of Capitol Records, Inc. (C) 1995 Capitol Records, Inc. ℗ 1969 Blue Note Records

Album Description

This double CD reissues a Solid State double LP that ranks as one of Duke Ellington's finest recordings of his final decade. The live performance gives listeners a good idea as to just how Duke's ensemble sounded in concert, and it serves as both a retrospective and a display of the strengths of Ellington's mighty band. Among the many highlights are definitive renditions of "Rockin' in Rhythm" and "Take the 'A' Train" (the latter has some wonderful Cootie Williams trumpet), a few features for altoist Johnny Hodges, a tenor battle on "In Triplicate," a few guest spots for organist Wild Bill Davis, and a 16-and-a-half-minute, nine-song medley that really works well. The most memorable chorus of all is an incredible high-note display by Cat Anderson on "Satin Doll" that is arguably his most miraculous solo ever; each note he hits is virtually impossible to play on the trumpet, and is in tune, too. This gem is essential for all serious jazz collections.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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