The Treasury Shows, Vol. 14

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 14

by Duke Ellington & His OrchestraDuke Ellington & His Orchestra


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Duke Ellington appeared in numerous Treasury Shows to support fundraising for fighting World War II and the postwar treatment of wounded veterans over a several-year stretch during the 1940s. Two consecutive weekly shows, both of which, at 73 minutes, are a bit longer than others in the series, are featured in this collection. One of the benefits of these programs is that there was no artificial time limit imposed by recording regular 78-rpm discs, as on the opening version of "Time's A-Wastin'" (which would become better known as "Things Ain't What They Used to Be"). This version features trumpeter Taft Jordan, trombonist Lawrence Brown, and alto sax great Johnny Hodges in an extended workout of this blues favorite. Sid Catlett replaces Sonny Greer for this broadcast, filling in admirably. There are also a number of obscurities that were performed only a few times, such as Buck Clayton's "Hollywood Hangover" and Ellington numbers like "Riding on a Blue Note," "Riff'n Drill," and "Hop, Skip and Jump" (also known as "Rockabye River"). Ellington frequently mixed in pop tunes, especially for vocal features, though not all of them became standards. Joya Sherrill is the most effective of the three singers, particularly in Johnny Green's "Tell Ya What I'm Gonna Do," though she proves equally effective in the leader's "Everything But You." Trumpeter Rex Stewart's extensive feature in the standard "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" also stands out, though it too was only briefly in the band's book. The second program is marred by an announcer who can't shut up fast enough as the music begins, either due to enthusiastic ad-libs or an overly long script. One highlight of this show is the recent return of clarinetist/alto saxophonist Russell Procope, who had just been discharged from military service. The program begins with two contributions by Ellington sidemen, Jimmy Hamilton's "Ultra Blue" and trumpeter Cat Anderson's "Teardrops in the Rain" (co-written with Ellington). There are a number of pieces that became hits, including "Subtle Slough" (later retitled "Just Squeeze Me" after lyrics were added) and the exotic "Caravan," the latter which had been in the book for some time, though this arrangement showcases Harry Carney's sonorous baritone sax. One of the treats within this broadcast is the eight-plus-minute workout of "Perdido" that showcases the brass sections. Hodges' dreamy tone is showcased in the ballad "Homesick, That's All." The audio on both discs has been beautifully remastered by Jerry Valburn, while there is plenty of hope that Storyville will continue this historic and valuable series.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2010
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101901425
catalogNumber: 9039014
Rank: 211940

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Joya Sherrill   Vocals
Russell Procope   Alto Saxophone
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Big Sid Catlett   Drums
Kay Davis   Vocals
Duke Ellington   Piano,Leader
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Junior Raglin   Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Joseph Nanton   Trombone
Albert Hibbler   Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Buck Clayton   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Harry James   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Fats Waller   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jimmy Hamilton   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Paul Webster   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Jerry Valburn   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Don George   Composer
Martin Block   Composer
Sonny Skylar   Composer
I. Gordon   Composer
S. Gallop   Composer
D. Robertson   Composer
J. Cavanaugh   Composer
Scott Kishbaugh   Liner Notes

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