The Treasury Shows, Vol. 10

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 10

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington


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Duke Ellington appeared in a series of broadcasts during World War II to support the sale of war bonds by the U.S. Treasury Department. This is the tenth two-CD volume of these live performances. Gathered in this compilation are two complete broadcasts from August 1945, along with two airchecks from the same year. In the first Treasury Show, the band plays swinging treatments of "What Am I Here For," "Midriff," and "Harlem Air Shaft," along with pop tunes of the day "Blue Is the Night" and "Out of This World" (which has long since become a standard). There is a bit of minor fluctuation in the volume from the transcription discs that served as the source material, but otherwise, the sound is remarkably clear and free of defects. The second Treasury Show in this two-CD set starts with several excerpts from his extended suite Black, Brown and Beige, with singer Marie Ellington showcased in "The Blues," while the spiritual-influenced "Come Sunday" is played as an instrumental with alto sax great Johnny Hodges taking a prominent solo. Other favorites include "Subtle Slough," with its saucy muted horns (later retitled "Just Squeeze Me" when lyrics were added to it), a vocal duet by Al Hibbler and Kay Davis of "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues," along with "Bugle Breaks," a humorous feature for trumpeter Rex Stewart that was never recorded commercially. The tracks recorded at the New Zanzibar include a number of memorable performances. The brisk take of "Stompy Jones" has fine solos by clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, trombonist Lawrence Brown, baritone saxophonist Harry Carney, and trumpeters Ray Nance and Cat Anderson, as well as the leader. The languid "Carnegie Blues" and the driving "Fancy Dan" (which was never commercially recorded by Ellington) are also highlights of this date. The brief set from the 400 Restaurant in New York City is primarily a showcase for vocalists, though Lawrence Brown's sensual trombone solo in the pop ballad "I Miss Your Kiss" is yet another tune never commercially recorded. Engineer and longtime Ellington collector Jerry Valburn contributed the detailed liner notes for this compilation, which will be of great interest to fans of Duke Ellington.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/03/2004
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101901029
catalogNumber: 9039010
Rank: 213036

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Joya Sherrill   Vocals
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Kay Davis   Vocals
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Junior Raglin   Bass,Double Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Marie Ellington   Vocals
Joseph Nanton   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Sammy Kaye   Composer
Rex Stewart   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Joya Sherrill   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Jerry Valburn   Producer,Liner Notes
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Don George   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Sunny Skylar   Composer
Jack Scholl   Composer
M.K. Jerome   Composer

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