The Treasury Shows, Vol. 3

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 3

by Duke Ellington & His OrchestraDuke Ellington & His Orchestra


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The third two-CD set of Duke Ellington Treasury Shows, which aired beginning in the closing months of World War II, features two complete consecutive weekly programs, including heavily scripted announcements by Bill Abernathy and the likewise, now somewhat amusing, bond pitches by Ellington himself (the politically correct of today will be shocked to hear him refer to the Japanese military forces as "Nips"). Each of the two discs is rounded out with air checks from late 1945 that originated from the Club Zanzibar in New York City. Like earlier releases in the series, the sound is very good, and one gets to hear Ellington tinkering with his band, auditioning new material and rearranging established compositions. There are several relatively rare performances played on just a relative handful of occasions other than these broadcasts. The lively swinger "Clementine," written by Billy Strayhorn, deserved a longer life span; it has snappy solos by alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges and some potent playing by trumpeters Ray Nance and Rex Stewart. The brisk "Blue Cellophane" make major demands of trombonist Lawrence Brown, while a lush arrangement of the standard "Yesterdays" features a vibrato-filled, almost operatic, vocal by Kay Davis. With literally hundreds of Duke Ellington CDs to choose from on the market at any one time, it is difficult for most collectors to afford, let alone find them all. But any serious fan of his work will find this historic set to be an essential addition to his or her collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2001
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101900329
catalogNumber: 9039003
Rank: 136672

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Primary Artist
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Alto Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
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
Duke Ellington   Piano,Leader
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Wilbur De Paris   Trombone
Junior Raglin   Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Marie Ellington   Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Bud Green   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Ben Homer   Composer
Sid Miller   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Frank Rutter   Liner Notes
Jerry Valburn   Producer
Si Schwartz   Composer
Don George   Composer
Milt Orent   Composer
Henri Herpin   Composer
Inez James   Composer
Sid Kuller   Composer

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