At the Hollywood Empire: Original 1949 Transcript

At the Hollywood Empire: Original 1949 Transcript

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington

CD(Spanish Import)

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Overview

Duke Ellington recorded a series of radio transcriptions during an extended engagement at the Hollywood Empire for Jubilee and Just Jazz, the source of the material for this compilation. As well-recorded as these performances are, an egomaniac announcer spoils several tracks by insisting on introducing every soloist in the midst of the actual performances. In spite of this irritating occurrence, the Ellington band is well recorded and in top form, in spite of the decline of most other big bands during this period, as the numerous strikes initiated by union despot James Petrillo helped kill the popularity of instrumental jazz. A good deal of the material consists of lesser known Ellington originals that were dropped from the band book not long after this time frame, though there are plenty of hits as well. Ray Nance steals the show with his vamping vocal in "Tulip or Turnip" (no wonder he was nicknamed "Floorshow") and his signature trumpet solo in "Take the A Train." Johnny Hodges shines in several features, particularly "Passion Flower." Ellington even has a little fun by closing one show with Count Basie's theme song, "One O'Clock Jump." This collection is not for the casual jazz fan, but Ellington collectors will definitely want to acquire this disc of rare performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0717101834624
catalogNumber: 793344

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Hibbler   Vocals
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Killian   Trumpet
Wendell Marshall   String Bass
Francis Williams   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Hibbler   Personnel
Count Basie   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Personnel
Ray Nance   Personnel
Ben Webster   Personnel
Lawrence Brown   Personnel
Tyree Glenn   Personnel
Irving Mills   Composer
Russell Procope   Personnel
Quentin Jackson   Personnel
Sonny Greer   Personnel
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Harold Baker   Personnel
Barney Bigard   Composer
Harry Carney   Personnel
Duke Ellington   Composer,Personnel
Jimmy Hamilton   Personnel
Shelton Hemphill   Personnel
Killian   Personnel
Wendell Marshall   Personnel
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Francis Williams   Personnel
Andrew Homzy   Liner Notes
Don George   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Sydney Robin   Composer

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