Treasury Shows, Vol. 4

Treasury Shows, Vol. 4

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington


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Duke Ellington was recorded via transcription discs for special broadcasts by the U.S. Treasury Department to help send war bonds during World War II. These well-recorded programs are reproduced from vintage sources that have obviously been handled with care over the decades. This two-CD set compiles three separate broadcasts of live concerts, complete with Ellington reading stiffly scripted bond promos and irritating announcers often talking over the introductions to the songs. But these live sets include overlooked ballads, such as "Everything but You" and "Don't You Know I Care," as well as songs not typically associated with Ellington, like Earl Warren's "9:20 Special" and Jimmy Van Heusen's "A Friend of Yours." The popular instrumentals ("C-Jam Blues" and "In a Mellotone") are present, but so are less-frequently performed Ellington pieces like "Solid Old Man" and "Sugar Hill Penthouse." One of the highlights of this volume is a seven-minute workout of "Frankie and Johnny," which includes Ray Nance's swinging violin solo; a disc of this length was still unknown on commercial 78 rpm discs available at the time. Although Duke Ellington's series of Treasury Shows aren't the place for the novice jazz fan to begin, seasoned collectors will find a lot of joy within each of them.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2001
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101900428
catalogNumber: 9039004
Rank: 152300

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano,Leader
Hibbler   Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Johnny Hodges   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet
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
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Junior Raglin   Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone
Marie Ellington   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger
Jack Fulton   Composer
Jerry Valburn   Producer,Liner Notes
Robert Bamberger   Liner Notes
Don George   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Nat Bonx   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Moe Jaffe   Composer
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer

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