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Duke Ellington : Never No Lament

The Blanton-Webster Band

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Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band, covering the years 1939-1942 in the great composer and bandleader's career, is essentially the third time that RCA has issued this material on CD. The first was a botched job, appalling even, with its flattened-out, compressed sound, along with a chopped version of "Take the A-Train" and other sonic and editorial errors. The second version was completely remastered and corrected the editorial problems, but featured no alternate takes from the band's performances. Beyond the original 66 tracks, nine additional cuts are featured here, including four brand-new master-take issues of "Another Pitter Patter," "Body and Soul," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Mr. J.B. Blues," as well as alternate takes of "Ko-Ko," "Bojangles," "Sepia Panorama," "Jumpin' Punkins," and "Jump for Joy." All of this material is available on RCA's Complete Duke Ellington and in bits and pieces on imports, but these tracks make this set feel much more complete as a document of Ellington's greatest band. The interplay between Jimmy Blanton's bass, which stood completely out front with its fat, rounded tone -- a revolutionary thing in a big band in those days -- and Ben Webster's shimmering, soulful tenor on the alternate take of "Sepia Panorama," as well as the title track and Webster's signature tune, "Chelsea Bridge," are more remarkable with each listen. The sheer force of Blanton's playing moves the band to a whole different level of intensity, and the contrast between the tones of altoist Johnny Hodges and Webster is one of the most unique and complimentary in the history of jazz. If you are new to this set, it's a fine introduction, with performances of classics such as "Ko-Ko," "Harlem Air Shaft," "All Too Soon," "In a Mellotone," "Warm Valley," "Harlem Airshaft," "Take the 'A' Train," "I Got It Bad," "Five O'Clock Drag," "Perdido," "Bojangles," "The C Jam Blues," "Concerto for Cootie," "Cottontail," "Johnny Come Lately," "Sentimental Lady," and many others. The Blanton-Webster Band featured a great many soloists, including Cootie Williams, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, and vocalist Herb Jeffries. In fact, the only shortcomings on this set are some of the vocals by other performers, but let's face it, there were few truly great jazz singers at the time, and this minor annoyance is easily overlooked. While it is easy to be cynical about the way classic recordings are repackaged and remastered as a way of getting enthusiasts to buy them again and again, this one is truly worth either an initial investment or reinvestment. It may have taken RCA three tries, but they finally got it right. The package is lovely, the notes updated, and the sound stellar. Along with the extra tracks, what more could you want?
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1
You, You Darlin' (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:19

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Herb Jeffries, Vocal - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - M.K. Jerome, Composer - M.K. Jerome, Lyricist - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Arranger - Jack Scholl, Composer - Jack Scholl, Lyricist - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

2
Jack The Bear (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:15

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Arranger - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

3
Ko-Ko (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:41

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

4
Morning Glory (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:16

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

5
So Far, So Good (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:51

Ivie Anderson, Vocal - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Jack Lawrence, Composer - Jack Lawrence, Lyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - James Mundy, Composer - James Mundy, Lyricist - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Edward White, Composer - Edward White, Lyricist - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

6
Conga Brava (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:57

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Composer - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

7
Concerto for Cootie (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:18

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Edward Kennedy Ellington, Composer - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

8
Me and You (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:53

Ivie Anderson, Vocal - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Lyricist - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

9
Cotton Tail (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:11

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Ben Webster, Arranger - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Arranger - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

10
Never No Lament (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:17

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

11
Dusk (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:18

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

12
Bojangles (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:51

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

13
A Portrait of Bert Williams (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:08

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

14
Blue Goose (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:21

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Soprano Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

15
Harlem Air-Shaft (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:58

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Trumpet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

16
At a Dixie Roadside Diner (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:47

Ivie Anderson, Vocal - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Joseph A. Burke, Composer - Joseph A. Burke, Lyricist - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Edgar Leslie, Composer - Edgar Leslie, Lyricist - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

17
All Too Soon (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:29

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Carl Sigman, Composer - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

18
Rumpus in Richmond (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:48

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

19
My Greatest Mistake (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:25

Jack Fulton, Composer - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - John O'Brien, Composer - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

20
Sepia Panorama (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:23

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Arranger - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

21
There Shall Be No Night (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:10

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Herb Jeffries, Vocal - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Gladys Shelley, Composer - Gladys Shelley, Lyricist - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Abner Silver, Composer - Abner Silver, Lyricist - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

22
In a Mellotone (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:15

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

23
Five O'Clock Whistle (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:17

Ivie Anderson, Vocal - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Gene Irwin, Composer - Gene Irwin, Lyricist - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Joseph Myrow, Composer - Joseph Myrow, Lyricist - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Kim Gannon, Composer - Kim Gannon, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

24
The Flaming Sword (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:06

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

25
Warm Valley (1999 Remastered - Take 3)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:21

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

DISC 2

1
Across the Track Blues (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:59

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

2
Chloe (Song of the Swamp) (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:25

Neil Moret, Composer - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Gus Kahn, Composer - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

3
I Never Felt This Way Before (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:31

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Herb Jeffries, Vocal - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Al Dubin, Composer - Al Dubin, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Lyricist - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

4
The Sidewalks of New York (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:13

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - James W. Blake, Composer - Charles B. Lawlor, Composer - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

5
Flamingo (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:23

Ted Grouya, Composer - Ted Grouya, Lyricist - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Herb Jeffries, Vocal - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Piano - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar - Edmund Anderson, Composer - Edmund Anderson, Lyricist

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

6
The Girl in My Dreams Tries to Look Like You (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:17

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Mercer Ellington, Lyricist - Mercer Ellington, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Herb Jeffries, Vocal - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

7
Take the "A" Train (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:55

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Composer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally released 1941. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

8
Jumpin' Punkins (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:32

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Mercer Ellington, Composer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

9
John Hardy's Wife (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:28

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Mercer Ellington, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

10
Blue Serge (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:21

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Mercer Ellington, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All rights reserved by BMG Music

11
After All (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:21

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Composer - Billy Strayhorn, Piano - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

12
Bakiff (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:23

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Violin - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Composer - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

13
Are You Stickin'? (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:04

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

14
Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:34

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Lee Gaines, Composer - Billy Strayhorn, Composer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

15
The Giddybug Gallop (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:31

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

16
Pitter Panther Patter (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington
00:03:01

Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

17
Body and Soul (1999 Remastered - Take 3)
Duke Ellington
00:03:08

Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Edward Heyman, Composer - John Green, Composer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Frank Eyton, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Robert S. Sour, Composer - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer

Originally Recorded 1940. All rights reserved by BMG Music

18
Sophisticated Lady (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington
00:02:44

Mitchell Parish, Composer - Irving Mills, Composer - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

19
Mr. J.B. Blues (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington
00:03:03

Jimmy Blanton, Composer - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

20
Ko-Ko (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:38

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

(P) Originally released 1940. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

21
Bojangles (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:44

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

22
Sepia Panorama (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:22

Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Billy Strayhorn, Arranger - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Arranger - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1940. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

23
Jumpin' Punkins (1999 Remastered - Take 1)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:03:39

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Mercer Ellington, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

24
Jump for Joy (1999 Remastered - Take 2)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:57

Ivie Anderson, Vocal - Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Paul Francis Webster, Composer - Paul Francis Webster, Lyricist - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Sid Kuller, Composer - Sid Kuller, Lyricist - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

DISC 3

1
Chocolate Shake (1999 Remastered)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
00:02:53

Harry Carney, Clarinet - Harry Carney, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - Steven Lasker, Re-Issue Producer - Steven Lasker, Engineer - Steven Lasker, Misc. Prod. - Ben Webster, Tenor Saxophone - Wallace Jones, Trumpet - Orrin Keepnews, Re-Issue Producer - Jimmie Blanton, Bass - Sonny Greer, Drums - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, Performer - Johnny Hodges, Clarinet - Johnny Hodges, Alto Saxophone - Paul Francis Webster, Composer - Otto Hardwick, Alto Saxophone - Barney Bigard, Clarinet - Barney Bigard, Tenor Saxophone - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Dennis Ferrante, Re-Mastering Engineer - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Piano - Joe Nanton, Trombone - Juan Tizol, Trombone - Rex Stewart, Cornet - Fred Guy, Guitar

Originally Recorded 1941. All Rights Reserved by BMG Music

Album Description

Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band, covering the years 1939-1942 in the great composer and bandleader's career, is essentially the third time that RCA has issued this material on CD. The first was a botched job, appalling even, with its flattened-out, compressed sound, along with a chopped version of "Take the A-Train" and other sonic and editorial errors. The second version was completely remastered and corrected the editorial problems, but featured no alternate takes from the band's performances. Beyond the original 66 tracks, nine additional cuts are featured here, including four brand-new master-take issues of "Another Pitter Patter," "Body and Soul," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Mr. J.B. Blues," as well as alternate takes of "Ko-Ko," "Bojangles," "Sepia Panorama," "Jumpin' Punkins," and "Jump for Joy." All of this material is available on RCA's Complete Duke Ellington and in bits and pieces on imports, but these tracks make this set feel much more complete as a document of Ellington's greatest band. The interplay between Jimmy Blanton's bass, which stood completely out front with its fat, rounded tone -- a revolutionary thing in a big band in those days -- and Ben Webster's shimmering, soulful tenor on the alternate take of "Sepia Panorama," as well as the title track and Webster's signature tune, "Chelsea Bridge," are more remarkable with each listen. The sheer force of Blanton's playing moves the band to a whole different level of intensity, and the contrast between the tones of altoist Johnny Hodges and Webster is one of the most unique and complimentary in the history of jazz. If you are new to this set, it's a fine introduction, with performances of classics such as "Ko-Ko," "Harlem Air Shaft," "All Too Soon," "In a Mellotone," "Warm Valley," "Harlem Airshaft," "Take the 'A' Train," "I Got It Bad," "Five O'Clock Drag," "Perdido," "Bojangles," "The C Jam Blues," "Concerto for Cootie," "Cottontail," "Johnny Come Lately," "Sentimental Lady," and many others. The Blanton-Webster Band featured a great many soloists, including Cootie Williams, Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, and vocalist Herb Jeffries. In fact, the only shortcomings on this set are some of the vocals by other performers, but let's face it, there were few truly great jazz singers at the time, and this minor annoyance is easily overlooked. While it is easy to be cynical about the way classic recordings are repackaged and remastered as a way of getting enthusiasts to buy them again and again, this one is truly worth either an initial investment or reinvestment. It may have taken RCA three tries, but they finally got it right. The package is lovely, the notes updated, and the sound stellar. Along with the extra tracks, what more could you want?
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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