Treasury Shows, Vol. 6

Treasury Shows, Vol. 6

by Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington


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The Duke Ellington Treasury Series, which was aired weekly during April-November 1945 and April-October 1946, was initially issued by the Merritt Record Society on LPs in the 1980s. Storyville, in its DETS series, has been not only bringing back all of the music in its two-fer series, but augmenting the broadcasts with other live Ellington performances from the era. All of these broadcasts are well-recorded and feature the underrated mid-'40s Ellington orchestra in prime form. One has to sit through a few bond promos during each program, which are delivered a bit heavy-handedly, but the valuable music makes it well worth it. At the time, the Ellington band had major soloists in trumpeters/cornetists Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, and Ray Nance, trombonists Tricky Sam Nanton and Lawrence Brown, Al Sears on tenor, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, altoist Johnny Hodges, and baritonist Harry Carney, not to mention the leader on piano and fine singers in Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, and Ray Nance; there is certainly no shortage in talent! The repertoire in the series includes Ellington standards, a few tunes that Duke never otherwise recorded, and extended works, including on this two-fer "New World A-Comin'." Other highlights of this set (which has two Treasury Show broadcasts from June 1945 and an October 1945 set from the Zanzibar) include fine versions of "India," "Cotton Tail," "Let the Zoomers Drool," "Stompy Jones," and "Body & Soul." Duke Ellington fans will want all of the entries in this extensive series.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2002
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101900626
catalogNumber: 9039006
Rank: 139868

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,Alto Saxophone
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Lucas   Bass
Junior Raglin   Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Johnny Hodges   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Jerry Valburn   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Si Schwartz   Composer
Don George   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Milt Orent   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Sid Kuller   Composer
Edna Osser   Composer
Marjorie Goetschius   Composer
James Hanley   Composer

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