Piano In the Foreground, II (Podcast #18-013)

……[M]y mother decided I should take piano lessons. My piano teacher, Mrs. Clinkscales (that was really her name), got paid several times a week for many weeks for these lessons, but I missed more than I took, because of my enthusiasm for playing ball, and running and racing through the street. That I remember very well, because when she had her piano recital with all her pupils in the church, I was the only one who could not play his part.

-Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress


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Duke Ellington and Erroll Garner


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Earl “Fatha” Hines and Duke Ellington


Transcription of Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” solo



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



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In A Sentimental Mood (CD: “Piano Reflections” Capitol Jazz CDP 7 92863 2)

Recorded 13/14 April 1953

Duke Ellington – piano; Wendell Marshall – bass; Butch Ballard – drums.


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In A Sentimental Mood (CD: “Eloquence” Original Jazz Classics ‎OJCCD-814-2)

Recorded 1975, Montreux, Switzerland

Bill Evans – piano; Eddie Gomez – bass.


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In A Mellow Tone (CD: “Earl Hines plays Duke Ellington”

Recorded 27 November 1972, New York City

Earl Hines – piano.


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I Wanna Be A Rug Cutter (sic) (CD: “The Original Misty” Mercury ‎ 834 910-2)

Recorded 14 March 1955, Chicago

Erroll Garner – piano; Wyatt Ruther – bass; Eugene “Fats” Heard  – drums.


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I Let a Song Go Out of my Heart (CD: “Thelonious Monk plays Duke Ellington” Universal 0546796)

Recorded 21 July 1955, Hackensack, New Jersey

Thelonious Monk – piano; Oscar Pettiford -bass; Kenny Clarke – drums.


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Satin Doll (CD: “Ready Take One” Sony Music 88985363312)

Recorded 1967, New York City

Erroll Garner – piano;  Ike Isaacs – bass, Jimmie Smith – drums; Jose Mangual – congas.


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Caravan (CD: “Art Tatum, The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces” Pablo 7PACD-4404-2)

Recorded 22 April 1954, Los Angeles

Art Tatum – piano


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Money Jungle (CD: “Money Jungle, Provocative In Blue” GrooveJazz Media LLC ‎– GJA 34026 02)

Released 2013

Gerald Clayton – piano; Christian McBride – bass; Terri Lynne Carrington – drums.


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Caravan (CD: “Money Jungle” Blue Note 7243 5 38227 2 9)

Recorded 17 September 1962, New York City

Duke Ellington – piano; Charles Mingus – bass; Max Roach – drums.


— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.


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Portrait of Al Hibbler (Podcast #18-012)

“It was much easier than I thought it would be for Hib to learn songs, but that was because he has ears that see, and so miracles happened. He learned song after song, and soon he was our major asset — truly a profitable investment, both dollar-wise and for luxury of keeping my ear in deep. He had so many sounds that even without words he could tell of fantasy beyond fantasy. Hib’s great dramatic devices and the variety of his tonal changes give him almost unlimited range. His capabilities are so many, but I should mention first his clear, understandable enunciation. He can produce a whispering, confidential sound, or an outburst that borders on panic. He will adopt a nasal tone at just the right word and note, or affect a sudden drop to what sounds like the below-compass bass. Cries, laughs, and highly animated calls — he uses them all to make  the listener see it as he see it. Sinatra calls Albert Hibbler and Ray Charles his two ace pilots.”

— Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress


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Duke Ellington and Al Hibbler


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My Al Hibbler concert experience, 1980

 



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



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Get Me On Your Mind (LP: “Jay McShann -The Early Bird Charlie Parker (1941-1943)” MCA MCA-1338)

Recorded 2 July 1942, New York City

Bob Merrill, Bernard Anderson, Orville Minor – trumpet; Lawrence Anderson, Joe Baird – trombone; John Jackson, Charlie Parker – alto sax; Bob Mabane, Freddy Culliver – tenor sax; Jimmy Coe – baritone sax; Jay McShann – piano; Leonard Enois – guitar; Gene Ramey – bass; Gus Johnson – drums.


 

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Don’t You Know I Care (or Don’t You Care To Know)/I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues (CD: “World Broadcasting Series, Volume 4” Circle ‎ CCD-104)

Recorded 3 January 1945, New York City

Shelton Hemphill,  Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass;  Sonny Greer – drums; Al Hibbler, Kay Davis – vocal


 

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Don’t Be So Mean To Baby/Lover Come Back to Me/Trees/It’s Monday Every Day/Unchained Melody (CD: “Carnegie Hall, November 13, 1948” Vintage Jazz Classics 1024)

Recorded 13 November 1948 at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Shelton Hemphill, Al Killian, Francis Williams, Harold Baker, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Quentin Jackson, Tyree Glenn – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guy; Wendell Marshall – bass; Sonny Greer – drums, Al Hibbler – vocal.


 

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This Love of Mine (CD: Johnny Hodges “Seven Classic Albums” Real Gone Jazz RGJCD312)

Recorded 22 July 1952 Los Angeles

Emmett Berry – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ben Webster – tenor sax; Leroy Lovett – piano; Red Callender – bass; J. C. Heard – drums.


 

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Unchained Melody (45 rpm, Decca 0-29982)

Released 1955

Al Hibbler – vocal; Orchestra directed by Jack Pleis


 

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I Was Telling Her About You (45 rpm, Decca 0-29982)

Released July 1956

Al Hibbler – vocal; Orchestra directed by Jack Pleis


 

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Lover, Come Back To Me/Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me (LP: “A Meeting of the Times” Atlantic SD 1630  )

Recorded 30/31 March 1972, New York City

Rahsaan Roland Kirk – tenor sax, manzello, Al Hibbler – vocal; Hank Jones – piano; Ron Carter – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.


 

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You Should Have Told Me (LP: “For Sentimental Reasons” Open Sky Records OSR 3126)

Recorded 18 November 1982, New York City

Al Hibbler – vocal; Buddy Tate – tenor sax; Hank Jones – piano; Milt Hinton – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.


 

— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

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Beyond the Valley of the Usual Suspects (Podcast #18-011)

Most Duke Ellington tribute concerts and recordings rely on just a handful of his compositions (Mood IndigoSatin DollIn A Sentimental Mood, etc.). The Duke Ellington Society refers  to these songs as “the usual suspects.” While they are worthy of their status as standards, Ellington wrote thousands of compositions; there is plenty of his oeuvre that is ripe for exploration!

Aaron Diehl and Adam Birnbaum play Tonk

 

Rent Party Blues

 



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



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Let the Zoomers Drool (CD: “World Broadcasting Series, Volume 4” Circle CCD-104)

Recorded 3 January 1945, New York City

Shelton Hemphill,  Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones -trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums

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Let the Zoomers Drool (CD: Dial & Oatts, Rich DeRosa, The WDR Big Band “Rediscovered Ellington, New Takes on Duke’s Rare & Unheard Music” Zoho Music ZM 201707 )

Released 2017

Ruud Breuls, Rob Bruynen, Andy Haderer, John Marshall – trumpet; Ludwig Nuss, Shannon Barnett, Mattis Cederberg, Andy Hunter – trombone;  Dick Oatts, Olivier Peters, Paul Heller, Johan Hörlén, Jens Neufang, Karolina Strassmayer – reeds; Garry Dial – piano; John Goldsby – bass; Hans Dekker – drums; Rich DeRosa – arranger and conductor.


 

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Oclupaca (CD: “Latin American Suite” Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-469-2)

Recorded 5 November 1968, New York City

Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Willie Cook – trumpets; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors – trombones; Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jeff Castleman – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.

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Oclupaca (CD: Frederic Couderc “Kirkophonie” Cristal 26)

Recorded

Frederic Couderc – bass saxophone; Vincent Bourgeyx – piano


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Rent Party Blues (CD: “Early Ellington: The Original Decca Recordings (The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings of Duke Ellington, 1926-1931)” Decca GRD-3-640)

Recorded 1 March 1929, New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins – trumpet; Joe Nanton – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney – reeds;  Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – drums

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Rent Party Blues (CD: Duo Campion-Vachon “Duke Ellington: Four Handed Piano” Analekta AN 29820)

Recorded 12/14 November 2004

Guy Campion, Mario Vachon – piano.


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Don’t You Know I Care? (Or Don’t You Care To Know) (CD: “Duke Ellington at the Bal Masque” Sony Music Distribution COL4691362)

Recorded 14 July 1960, Los Angeles

Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone; Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone; Harry Carney – baritone saxophone; Duke Ellington – piano; Aaron Bell – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.

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Don’t You Know I Care? (Or Don’t You Care To Know) (CD: “Cool Rock”  Laserlight
15782)

Recorded 12 June 1972, New York City

Cootie Williams,  Harold “Money” Johnson, Mercer Ellington, Johnny Coles – trumpet; Tyree Glenn, Vincente Prudente, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, NorrisTurney, Harold Minerve, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Joe Benjamin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.

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Don’t You Know I Care? (Or Don’t You Care To Know) (CD: Archie Shepp “Day Dream” Denon ‎– DC-8547)

Recorded 3 June 1977, New York City

Archie Shepp – soprano sax; Walter Davis – piano; Earl May – bass; Philly Joe Jones – drums.


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Portrait of Wellman Braud (CD: “New Orleans Suite” Warner Bros. 7411644)

Recorded 13 May 1970, New York City

Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Fred Stone – trumpet; Booty Wood, Julian Priester, Chuck Connors – trumpet; Russell Procope, Norris Turney, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Joe Benjamin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.

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Portrait of Wellman Braud (CD: Stefon Harris, “African Tarantella: Dances with Duke” – Blue Note 41090)

Released 2006

Personnel: Stefon Harris – vibraphone, marimba; Xavier Davis – piano; Derrick Hodge – bass; Terreon Gully – drums; Anne Drummond – flute; Greg Tardy – clarinet; Steve Turre – trombone; Junah Chung – viola; Louise Dubin – cello.


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Tonk (CD: “Live at the Blue Note” Blue Note CDS 8286372)

Recorded 9 August 1959, Chicago

Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn – piano; Sam Woodyard – drums.

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Tonk (CD: Randy Sandke and the Inside Out Band “Outside In” Evening Star Records ‎– ES 110)

Recorded 18/26 January 2005, New York City

Randy Sandke – trumpet; Wycliffe Gordon, Ray Anderson – trombone; Ken Peplowski, Marty Ehrlich, Scott Robinson – reeds; Uri Caine – piano; Howard Alden – guitar; Greg Cohen -bass; Dennis Mackrel – drums.


 

— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

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Portrait of Ivie Anderson (Podcast #18-010)


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“In addition to her great singing, Ivie was also considered a good-luck charm. We opened at the Oriental Theatre on Friday, February 13, 1931, and we broke the all-time house record. We returned to the Oriental on Friday, March 13, 1931, and broke that record, too. At the Palladium, our act was No. 13 on the bill.

They still talk about Ivie, and every girl singer we’ve had since has had to try to prevail over the Ivie Anderson image.”

Duke Ellington, Music is my Mistress




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Ivie Anderson’s restaurant (Ivie’s Chicken Shack) was part of Los Angeles’ African American jazz scene on Central Avenue.

 

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The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

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It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) (CD: “Duke Ellington: The Columbia Years 1927-1962” Columbia 5176872)

Recorded 2 February 1932 in New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins – trumpet; Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


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(CD: “The Complete 1933-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra” Mosaic Records #248)

All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm (Recorded 8 June 1937, New York City)

I’ve Got to be a Rug Cutter (Recorded 5 March 1937, New York City)

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Hayes Alvis, Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer – drums, Ivy Anderson – vocal.

A Lonely Co-ed/I’m Checking Out, Goom-bye (Recorded 12 June 1939, New York City)

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer – drums, Ivy Anderson – vocal.

Mood Indigo (Recorded 14 February 1940, Chicago)

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums, Ivie Anderson – vocal.


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Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/Oh, Babe! Maybe Someday/The Five O’Clock Whistle (CD: “Fargo, ND, November 7, 1940” Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1019/20-2)

Recorded 7 November 1940 at The Crystal Ballroom in Fargo, North Dakota

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol -trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto  Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums; Ivie Anderson – vocal.



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Rocks In My Bed (Recorded 26 September 1941, Los Angeles)

I’ve Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (Recorded 26 June 1941, Los Angeles)

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol -trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto  Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums; Ivie Anderson – vocal.


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(Recorded 28 July 1942, Chicago)

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol -trombone; Chauncy Haughton, Johnny Hodges, Otto  Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums; Ivie Anderson – vocal.


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Solitude (CD: “Stereo Reflections in Ellington” Natasha Imports NI-4016)

 

Recorded live on 28 July 1942 at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol -trombone; Chauncy Haughton, Johnny Hodges, Otto  Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums; Ivie Anderson – vocal.


 

— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

 

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Where to Start? (Podcast #18-009)


Duke Ellington recorded thousands of selections over a nearly 50 year career. If you’re new to him, where do you begin? It’s daunting! These four CD sets are a great start to a Duke Ellington collection at a reasonable price. 

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 The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

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Take the “A” Train/Pitter Panther Patter/The Flaming Sword (Highlights of the Great 1940-1942 Band [2 disk set] Avid, AMSC1143)

Take the “A” Train was recorded 15 February 1941, Los Angeles

Wallace Jones, Ray Nance –trumpets; Rex Stewart – cornet; Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton – trombones; Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

Pitter Panther Patter was recorded 1 October 1940, Chicago

Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmie Blanton – bass.

The Flaming Sword was recorded 17 October 1940, Chicago

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams –trumpets; Rex Stewart – cornet; Lawrence Brown, Juan Tizol, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton – trombones; Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Ben Webster, Barney Bigard, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


 

Great Paris Concert

Kinda Dukish-Rockin’ In Rhythm/Tutti for Cootie (The Great Paris Concert [2 disk set] Collectables, 7818)

Recorded 1 February 1963 in Paris, France

Cootie Williams, Roy Burrowes, Cat Anderson – trumpet; Ray Nance – violin; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton,; Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Ernie Shepard – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


 

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Hot and Bothered/Lady of the Lavender Mist/Solitude (Duke Ellington: The Columbia Years 1927-1962 [3 disk set] Columbia 5176872)

Hot and Bothered was recorded 12 June 1930 in New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Freddie Jenkins – trumpet; Joe Nanton – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

Lady of the Lavender Mist was recorded 14 August 1947 in Los Angeles

Shelton Hemphill, Dud Bascomb, Francis Williams, Harold Baker, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Tyree Glenn – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

Solitude was recorded 14 October 1957

Willie Cook, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker, Clark Terry, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.

 


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Day Dream/Caravan/Rockin’ in Rhythm (Ella Fitzgerald sings the Duke Ellington Songbook [3 CD set] Verve Records ‎559 248-2)

Recorded June 1957 in New York City

Willie Cook, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker, Clark Terry, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Billy Strayhorn (on Day Dream), Duke Ellington (Caravan and Rockin’ in Rhythm) – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums; Ella Fitzgerald – vocal

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The Symphonic Ellington (Podcast #18-008)


In Memoriam – Brooks Kerr (1951 – 2018)


 

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The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

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The Mooche (CD: “Duke Ellington – Live and Rare” Bluebird RCA 09026639532)

Recorded 28 July 1965 in Tanglewood, MA

Duke Ellington – piano; John Lamb – bass; Louie Bellson – drums; The Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by Arthur Fiedler.


 

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New World A-Comin’ (LP: “Duke Ellington, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra” Decca DL 710176)

Recorded 28 May 1970 in Cincinnati, Ohio (In the podcast, I erroneously stated the date was 1966)

Duke Ellington – piano; The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel


 

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Night Creature (3 Movements) (CD: “The Reprise Studio Recordings” Mosaic Records #193)

Recorded 31 January 1963, Paris

Cootie Williams, Roy Burrowes, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Ernie Shepard – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums; Paris Symphony Orchestra.

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Portrait of Sonny Greer (Podcast #18-007)

“Sonny would sit up behind the band, elevated high at his drums, an enormous array of blocks, bells, chimes, cymbals, snares and so on surrounding him, looking like the king of the band. At least, he always sat up high until one unfortunate occasion when arrived for work having imbibed too much and fell from his lofty perch.”

–Rex Stewart, Boy Meets Horn


 

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Duke Ellington and Sonny Greer – front; Ray Nance, Rex Stewart, Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton, Harry Carney, Johnny Hodges – rear.

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Sonny Greer in action in 1958

 



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

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Social Parlor De Lux // Oh, How I Love My Darling (CD: 1924-1926: Birth of a Band, Vol. 1 EPM #HS151042)

Recorded November 1924 in New York City

Social Parlor De Lux – Alberta Prime and Sonny Greer – vocal; Duke Ellington – piano.

Oh, How I Love My Darling – Sonny Greer -vocal; Otto Hardwicke – C Melody sax; Duke Ellington – piano; George Francis – banjo.


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The Mooche (CD: “Early Ellington 1927-1934” Bluebird 6852-2-RB)

Recorded October 1928 in New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Bubber Miley – trumpet; Joe Nanton – trombone; Barney Bigard(cl,ts); Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney – reeds;  Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.



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Dinah (LP: “The Works of Duke, Volume 7” French RCA 741 085)

Recorded 9 February 1932 in New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Freddie Jenkins, Cootie Williams – trumpet; Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – banjo; Wellman Braud – bass; Sonny Greer – vocal, drums.


 

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Jumpin’ Punkins (CD: “The Complete Prestige Carnegie Hall 1943-1944 Concerts Definitive Classics DRCD 11210)

Recorded 23 January 1943 at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Harold Baker – trumpet; Ray Nance – trumpet and violin; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Chauncy Haughton, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


 

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Harlem Airshaft/Ring Dem Bells (CD: “World Broadcasting Series, Volume 3” Circle ‎ CCD-103)

Recorded 1 December 1943 in New York City

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Harold Baker,Taft Jordan, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Skippy Williams, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums, chimes.


 

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Ring Dem Bells (LP: “The Hollywood Bowl Concert” Unique Jazz UJ-001)

Recorded 31 August 1947 Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

Shelton Hemphill, Dud Bascomb, Francis Williams, Harold Baker – trumpets; Ray Nance – trumpet, violin; Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Tyree Glenn – trombones; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford – bass; Sonny Greer – drums, chimes.


 

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Stomp, Look and Listen (CD: “Duke Ellington: The Columbia Years 1927-1962” Columbia 5176872)

Recorded 10 November 1947 in New York City

Shelton Hemphill, Dud Bascomb, Francis Williams, Harold Baker, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Tyree Glenn – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


 

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Cotton Tail (CD: “Once Upon A Time” Universal/Verve 6544922)

Recorded 10 January 1966 in New York City

Cat Anderson, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, Harold Ashby – reeds; Earl Hines – piano; Richard Davis – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


 

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.




 

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