Ellington at Newport

Ellington at Newport

by Duke Ellington

CD(Dutch Import)

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Overview

Duke Ellington's appearance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival has long been famous, and justifiably so. Paul Gonsalves' 27-chorus tenor solo on "Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue" practically started a riot at Newport and made headlines around the world. The momentum generated by this concert led to Ellington's comeback and never let up during his 18 remaining years. A double CD put out in 1999 presents the entire concert performance, previously unheard material, and a few revelations. After a brief truncated set that was cut short because four of Ellington's musicians could not be found, the Ellington Orchestra returned to the stage three hours later. They played "Take the 'A' Train," "Newport Jazz Festival Suite," a showcase for Harry Carney on "Sophisticated Lady," and a so-so Jimmy Grissom vocal outing on "Day In, Day Out." Then came "Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue." The saxophone interlude caused crazed dancing, and soon the crowd was as loud as the band. When the crowd would not quiet down, Ellington saved the day by closing with a long version of "Skin Deep." But unknown to most people is that on July 9, the orchestra went to the studios to reproduce the program. The earlier version of the "Newport Jazz Festival Suite" had been a bit sloppy and Gonsalves' famous tenor solo on "Diminuendo" had actually been played into the wrong microphone. Ellington's band therefore performed the entire "Newport Jazz Festival Suite" again and it was issued (with phony applause, introductions, and crowd noises) on the original LP. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0886974920526
catalogNumber: 912043
Rank: 21963

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The Star Spangled Banner
  2. Introduction by Father Norman O'Connor/Introduction by Duke
  3. Black and Tan Fantasy
  4. Introduction by Duke
  5. Tea for Two
  6. Duke & Band Leave Stage/Father Norman O'Connor Talks About Festival
  7. Take the 'A' Train
  8. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  9. Festival Junction, Pt. 1
  10. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  11. Blues to Be There, Pt. 2
  12. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  13. Newport Up, Pt. 3
  14. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  15. Sophisticated Lady
  16. Announcement by Duke
  17. Day In - Day Out
  18. Introduction by Duke/Paul Gonsalves Interlude
  19. Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue
  20. Announcements, Pandemonium
  21. [Six Second Pause Track]

Disc 2

  1. Introduction by Duke
  2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  3. Jeep's Blues
  4. Duke Calms Crowd/Introduction by Duke
  5. Tulip or Turnip
  6. Riot Prevention
  7. Skin Deep
  8. Mood Indigo
  9. Tuning up/Studio Concert Begins
  10. Introduction by Father Norman O'Connor/Introduction by Duke
  11. Festival Junction, Pt. 1
  12. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  13. Blues to Be There, Pt. 2
  14. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  15. Newport Up, Pt. 3
  16. Announcement by Duke/Introduction by Duke
  17. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  18. Jeep's Blues
  19. [Six Second Pause Track]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Track Performer
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Track Performer
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Jimmy Grissom   Track Performer
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
James Hamilton   Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harry Carney   Baritone Saxophone
Clark Terry   Trumpet
John Willie Cook   Trumpet
John Sanders   Trombone
Sam Woodyard   Drums
William "Cat" Johnson   Trumpet
Willis R. Nance   Trumpet
James Woode   Bass

Technical Credits

George Avakian   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Larry Keyes   Engineer
John Stafford Smith   Composer
Francis Scott Key   Composer

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