Sunday, 28 August 2016

Concertzender



The Concertzender internet radio site based in the Netherlands has an entire section devoted to the music of Duke Ellington which may be found here.

    The particular jewel in the crown of these broadcasts, which seem to be archived permanently on-line, is a series of broadcasts built around particular albums.Here is the complete collection. The later programmes have been - and continue to be - produced by Ellington authority, Louis Tavecchio. The broadcasts are a wonderful resource. Commentaries, of course, are in Dutch. The sound of the music is pristine. 

Programme  1: The Private Collection

Programme  2: The Private Collection Volume 2

Programme  3: The Private Collection Volume 3

Programme  4: The Private Collection Volume 4

Programme  5: The Private Collection Volume 5

Programme  6: The Private Collection Volume 6

Programme  7: The Private Collection Volume 7

Programme  8: The Private Collection Volume 8

Programme  9: The Private Collection Volume 9

Programme 10: The Private Collection Volume 10

Programme 11: The Best of Duke Ellington 1932-1939

Programme 12: The Best of Duke Ellington 1932-1939 Disc 2

Programme 13: The Best of Duke Ellington 1932-39 Disc 3

Programme 14: The Best of Duke Ellington 1932-39 Disc 4

Programme 15: Complete Columbia and RCA Victor Sessions Disc 1

Programme 16: Complete Columbia and RCA Victor Sessions Disc 2

Programme 17: Complete Columbia and RCA Victor Sessions Disc 3

Programme 18: Complete Columbia and RCA Victor Sessions Disc 4

Programme 19: Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra Soundies

Programme 20: Liberian Suite and Ellington/ Strayhorn Piano Duets

Programme 21: The Queen's Suite; The Goutelas Suite; The Uwis Suite

Programme 22: The Latin American Suite

Programme 23: Togo Brava Suite

Programme 24: Such Sweet Thunder

Programme 25: ... And His Mother Called Him Bill

Programme 26: Afro Bossa

Programme 27: New Orleans Suite

Programme 28: Newport 1956

Programme 29: Newport 1956 Part Two

Programme 30: Paris Concert

Programme 31: Paris Concert/ Virgin Isles

Programme 32: Ellington 66/ The Intimate Ellington

Programme 33: Money Jungle

Programme 34: Afro Bossa/ Mary Poppins

Programme 35: Mary Poppins/ Far East Suite

Programme 36: The Afro Eurasian Eclipse/ This One's For Blanton

Programme 37: The Afro Eurasian eclipse/ This One's For Blanton

Programme 38: The Piano Player

Programme 39: ...Meets John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins

Programme 40: The Complete Variety, Vocalion and Okeh Small Groups

Programme 41: The Complete Variety, Vocalion and Okeh Small Groups

Programme 42: Highlights of the Great 1940-42 Band

Programme 43: Highlights of the Great 1940-42 Band

Programme 44: Highlights of the Great 1940-42 Band

Programme 45: Braggin' In Brass: The Immortal 1938 Year

Programme 46: Such Sweet Thunder

Programme 47: Three Suites/ The Great Paris Concert

Programme 48: The Cosmic Scene/ Private Collection Volume 3

Programme 49: New Orleans Suite/ Three Suites

Programme 50: The Ellington Suites/ The Latin American Suite

Programme 51: The Private Collection Volume 5/ The Ellington Suites

Programme 52: Blues In Orbit

Programme 53: Ellington and Armstrong: The Great Summit

Programme 54: Duke Ellington Meets Count Basie: First Time

Programme 55: Unknown Sessions/ Meets Coleman Hawkins

Programme 56: Piano Reflections/ Piano in the Foreground

Programme 57: Piano in the Foreground/ Money Jungle

Programme 58: Money Jungle/ Great Times

Programme 59: Trains

Programme 60: ... and His Mother Called Him Bill

Programme 61: All American In Jazz/ Midnight In Paris

Programme 62: The Great Paris Concert

Programme 63: Côte d'Azur Concerts

Programme 64: Côte d'Azur Concerts

Programme 65: Côte d'Azur Concerts

Programme 66: Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo

Programme 67: Jazz Classics in Digital Stereo

Programme 68: Early Ellington

Programme 69: Jubilee Stomp

The search page for all the references to Duke Ellington on the Concertzender website may be found here.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The Expert Answers...




Duke Ellington - The Experts Answer - Rare 16MM TV Show - Ellington's Own Print!
Closed circuit college 30 minute black & white interview show called "The Experts Answer" , with Mr. Ellington being interviewed by  students from Columbia University, the subject of course, is jazz music.
This print was requested & owned by Ellington himself, photos are of the actual letter sent with the print.
I won several prints from the Duke Ellington auction at the Museum of Jazz. Please see my other auctions for the other films.
This is episode #2 of  "Experts Answer".
Probably originally filmed on video tape, & this 16mm print was made at Mr. Ellington's request. This may be the only print of this in existence.
Print is in excellent condition, with a very light line. Letter has a few light stains and creases. 
B&W, 1200 feet, sound - In original can with letter & shipping receipt. 
Opportunity to own a one of a kind item, once owned by this Jazz legend.
All photos are from the actual print being offered.

















Rare Gonsalves


I have been trying recently to collect the earliest recordings of Paul Gonsalves. Whether they are records he made with Teddy Weatherford (or indeed if he recorded with him at all: see here) is a subject for another day.
    Paul certainly did record four sides with Boston society pianist  Sabby Lewis and his band in March, 1946. You can clearly see Paul sitting in the reed section in the photograph here...   


... which appears on the cover of the Sabby Lewis album it is easiest to obtain, Boston Bounce:




This LP from the 1970s anthologises the first two sides Paul recorded with the band, Edna and Boston Bounce.
    The LP is likely a dub and so in order to get closer to the music, and indeed the other two titles, one must dig a little deeper into the crates...
    These sides appeared first as 78s on the Continental label. The third title on the session, Alone In The City Blues, was only ever issued in that format, as far as I know. Here is the record:


... which was the B-side of the aforementioned Edna.




Trying to avoid the much later dubbed LP, here are some more alternatives for much earlier pressings, the first time in fact in which these recordings were anthologised on microgroove on the Remington label. Edna also appears on the B-side of this 10" Lp celebrating Ethel Waters...


The fourth and final title from this elusive session, Are You Coming Home, John? was anthologised on this Remington 45...




A much more modern and 'hi fi' title Hi Fi Jazz Session on the Mastersound label also includes the ubiquitous Edna.


... and two of there sides, Are You Coming Home, John? and Boston Bounce appear on this (likely) bootlegged title from Australia.



Here is the original of that 'Manhattan' bootleg Café Society Swing  again on the Remington label and what for my money is the definitive microgroove issue of those two titles.  




Those four obscure sides, then, have appeared in several different guises over the years. You pays your money and you takes your choice...

For much greater detail on the Remington and associated labels, visit the fascinating Sound Fountain pages...