Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Treasures...



In April 1945, to promote the sale of war bonds, the Treasury Department contracted Duke Ellington to do a series of 55 min public broadcasts. This double CD contains broadcast No. 36 and 37 complete with radio speaks and encouragements to buy bonds + bonus material and extensive liner notes.

CD 1 contains a radio broadcast from Darthmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, May 4, 1946, plus bonus tracks from  The Hurricane Club in New York, September 3, 1943.
CD 2 features two radio programs from Radio City in New York, May 18 and May 25, 1946. The last tracks are again from The Hurricane Club but from September 1, 1943.
“Volume 19 offers the listener a Duke Ellington Orchestra that was zealously maintaining its confidence and energy...The remarkable output is swinging, bluesy, danceable and emotive.”writes William McFadden, who is also the author of the extensive liner notes.
PERSONNEL

CD1 - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
Track 1 - 15: Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Francis Williams, Cat Anderson, Reunald Jones (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo), Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Wilbur DeParis (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (cl, as), Al Sears (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl), Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (p 1), Fred Guy (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Kay Davis (vo), Al Hibbler (vo 2)
Broadcast, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH May 4, 1946
Track 16 – 21: Taft Jordan, Wallace Jones, Harold Baker (tp), Ray Nance (tp,vln), Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Bernard Archer (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Johnny Hodges (as, ss), Nat Jones (cl, as), Elbert “Skippy” Williams (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g),  Junior Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Al Hibbler (vo 2)
Broadcast, Hurricane Restaurant, NYC, September 3, 1943
CD2 - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
Track 1 - 21: Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Francis Williams, Cat Anderson, Reunald Jones (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vo, vln), Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Wilbur DeParis (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (cl, as), Al Sears (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl), Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn (p 1), Fred Guy (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Sonny Greer (dr) 
Broadcast, Radio City, New York May 18 & 25, 1946
Track 22 - 28: Taft Jordan, Wallace Jones, Harold Baker (tp), Ray Nance (tp), Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Bernard Archer (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Johnny Hodges (as, ss), Nat Jones (cl, as), Elbert “Skippy” Williams (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Junior Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Betty Roché (vo 1), Al Hibbler (vo 2)
Broadcast, Hurricane Restaurant, NYC, September 1, 1943  
The two Cd set may be ordered from Music Room.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Long Time



It was reported last October on the LondonJazzNewsBlog that  Pete Long's Echoes of Ellington band was back in the recording studio after a 'significant lull'.

And here is a promotional video of the band in the Angel Recording Studios at work on their new album The Tattooed Bride.

     

Here are the full details of the new album, copied from Pete's website. The album may be ordered here.

Echoes Of Ellington
The big band returns with new Ellington compositions


Price : UK and Europe. £12.00 (inc p+p)


1. The Tattooed Bride 10:58 By Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn.
Transcribed by Alan Prosser. Solos- James Pearson, Peter Long, Callum Au
2. Things Ain't What They Used To Be 02:48 By Mercer Ellington.
Transcribed By David Berger, Alto Sax Solo by Colin Skinner
3. Air Conditioned Jungle 04:39 By Jimmy Hamilton and Duke Ellington.
Transcribed by Peter Long. Solos by Laurence Ungless and Peter Long
4. Sepia Panorama 04:11 By Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
Copied from the original score. Solos by Laurence Ungless, James Pearson, Callum Au, Rico Tomasso, Alex Garnett and Chris Traves
5. Just Squeeze Me 04:58 By Duke Ellington.
Transcribed by Ken Rattenbury and Peter Long. Solos by Georgina Jackson, Rico Tomasso and Jay Craig
6. Heaven 03:01 By Duke Ellington.
Adapted from the original score by Peter Long. Alto Sax solo by Colin Skinner
Waiting For Some Trumpets 08:12 Head Arrangement.
Solos by James Pearson, Alex Garnett, Peter Long and Nathan Bray
7. Tootin' Through The Roof 03:24 By Duke Ellington.
Transcribed By Alan Prosser. Solos by James Pearson, Jay Craig, Mike Lovatt, Peter Ripper, Andy Flaxman, Peter Long, Nathan Bray and Louis Dowdeswell







Sunday, March 1, 2015

Night Creature

A great friend of this blog runs the Youtube channel Reminiscing in Tempo.

Here is one of his latest uploads, a rare recording of Ellington's Night Creature conducted by Myung Wung Chung. Many thanks!



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pennies for the Guy




A snip at $405,000 (or £263,089.52), the Levin Deluxe guitar which was the property of Fred Guy is presently for sale on Ebay.

The vendor writes:

"This is the 1938 Levin De Luxe guitar previously owned by Fred Guy of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. And the same guitar that Django Reinhardt was holding in the famed black and white pictures taken backstage at a Duke Ellington concert in 1946 (pictures taken by William Gottlieb).








This guitar was shown in the Django Reinhardt Swing Event at the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France (2012-13).





It has been featured in many guitar magazines, and the picture of Django Reinhardt holding the guitar is the most used picture of Django.





This 1938 Levin De Luxe guitar has traveled over the past years, and has a lot of history. If you want to see more information about this guitar just type in Petrin Vintage Guitars in Google to get to the special web page devoted to this remarkable guitar. Over the years I have listed this guitar on Ebay and have received tons of valuable information, stories, and learned some new history about this guitar (so keep the information coming, it is very much appreciated). The guitar is currently priced "not to sell" and I am not expecting any "concrete" bids at this point - but you never know what can happen these days? Please email with any additional information or questions. Serious inquiries only about purchasing the guitar. "











Full details are here.