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Duke Ellington|Piano In The Background

Piano In The Background

Duke Ellington

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One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions and last out on this French CD, the main plot behind this runthrough of his standards is that the leader's piano is featured at some point in every song. His sidemen are also heard from and everyone is in fine form. Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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1
Happy Go Lucky Local (Album Version)
00:03:00

Irving Townsend, Producer - B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
What Am I Here For (Album Version)
00:04:07

Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Kinda Dukish/Rockin' In Rhythm (Album Version)
00:05:50

H. CARNEY, Composer - H. CARNEY, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - I. Mills, Composer - I. Mills, Lyricist - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Perdido (Album Version)
00:06:47

Irving Townsend, Producer - J. Tizol, Composer - J. Tizol, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
I'm Beginning To See The Light (Album Version)
00:02:04

J. Hodges, Composer - J. Hodges, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - H. James, Composer - H. James, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer - D. George, Composer - D. George, Lyricist

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Mid-Riff (Album Version)
00:04:27

Irving Townsend, Producer - B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Album Version)
00:04:32

Irving Mills, Composer - Irving Mills, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer - Duke Ellington, Composer - Duke Ellington, Lyricist

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Main Stem (Album Version)
00:04:14

Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Take The "A" Train (Album Version)
00:05:31

Irving Townsend, Producer - B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Lullaby Of Birdland (Album Version)
00:05:22

G. Shearing, Composer - G. Shearing, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
The Wailer (Album Version)
00:04:25

Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - G. Wilson, Composer - G. Wilson, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Dreamy Sort Of Thing (Album Version)
00:03:55

Irving Townsend, Producer - B. Strayhorn, Composer - B. Strayhorn, Lyricist - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Lullaby Of Birdland (alternate take)
00:05:26

G. Shearing, Composer - G. Shearing, Lyricist - Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1960 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Harlem Air Shaft (Album Version)
00:04:03

Irving Townsend, Producer - Unknown, Performer - D. ELLINGTON, Composer - D. ELLINGTON, Lyricist - Duke Ellington, Performer

Originally recorded 1961 & released 2004. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions and last out on this French CD, the main plot behind this runthrough of his standards is that the leader's piano is featured at some point in every song. His sidemen are also heard from and everyone is in fine form. Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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