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Duke Ellington - Happy Birthday, Duke! The Birthday Sessions Vol. 1-5 (1992)

Jazz | Author: SELMER | 17-05-2017, 19:00
Duke Ellington - Happy Birthday, Duke! The Birthday Sessions Vol. 1-5 (1992)
Artist: Duke Ellington
Title Of Album: Happy Birthday, Duke! The Birthday Sessions Vol. 1-5
Year Of Release: 1992
Label: LaserLight Digital
Country: US
Genre: Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks + .cue, log, artwork)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 03:33:47
Full Size: 1.22 GB






Tracklist:

CD 1
01. Lullaby of Birdland (3:06)
02. Time on My Hands (You in My Arms) (5:35)
03. Don't Worry 'Bout Me (4:18)
04. Take the "A" Train (4:59)
05. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away) (5:55)
06. Creole Love Call (4:11)
07. Boodah (4:04)
08. Stomp, Look & Listen (4:11)
09. Happy-Go-Lucky Local (5:45)

CD 2
01. Summertime (2:29)
02. Warm Valley (4:40)
03. Sultry Serenade (4:10)
04. Hy-Ah Sue (8:01)
05. Sophisticated Lady (5:26)
06. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:59)
07. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (4:14)
08. Caravan (4:27)
09. Perdido (5:18)
10. Without a Song (3:53)

CD 3
01. Things Ain't What They Used to Be (8:16)
02. The Hawk Talks (3:28)
03. C Jam Blues (5:11)
04. Tenderly (3:43)
05. All the Things You Are (5:15)
06. Solitude (2:24)
07. She Moved (7:39)
08. Happy Birthday to You (0:32)
09. Mood Indigo (5:55)
10. Trumpet No End (Blue Skies) (3:45)
11. Take the "A" Train (1:06)

CD 4
01. Coffee & Kisses (3:14)
02. Johnny Come Lately (2:46)
03. (Maybe I Should) Change My Ways (3:32)
04. Primping at the Prom (2:39)
05. Band Call (3:40)
06. Satin Doll (3:17)
07. Blue Jean Beguine (3:37)
08. Tulip or Turnip (Tell Me, Tell Me, Dream Face) (3:07)
09. Honeysuckle Rose (5:13)
10. Theme for Trambeam (2:55)
11. Blue Moon (4:51)

CD 5
01. V.I.P.'s Boogie (2:52)
02. Jam with Sam (4:04)
03. Bunny Hop Mambo (3:59)
04. Isle of Capri (3:39)
05. Take the "A" Train (3:52)
06. Take the "A" Train (3:35)
07. Flamingo (2:59)
08. I Got It Bad, and That A'int Good/I'm Just a Lucky So-and-So (3:45)
09. Ballin' the Blues (9:20)
10. Satin Doll (0:55)

These five CDs of material, available separately or in a box, were cut at two successive birthday celebrations for Ellington in 1953 and 1954 at McElroy's Ballroom in Portland, OR. They capture Ellington during his period with Capitol Records, which is usually not regarded as one of his better eras, mostly because he and the label never really got on the same wavelength. That has nothing to do with what we hear on these recordings, which were engineered by the legendary Wally Heider, and, as a result, sound at least five years fresher technically. Everyone involved sounds a lot more comfortable and happy than they did playing on Bluebird's 1952 Seattle Concert release -- this is about as relaxed a live show as one could imagine, and there's lots of good work here by some of Ellington's 1940s alumni, like Cat Anderson (trumpet) and Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor), who were cheated of studio time by the Musicians' Union strikes. Ellington had no qualms in this setting about mixing his current and classic repertory, retreading old ground and rethinking hits from as far back as 20 years earlier, and having fun with it. Anderson, Harry Carney, Hamilton, Ray Nance, Paul Gonsalves, Russell Procope, and Britt Woodman are the main soloists, with Nance and Jimmy Grissom handling the singing. One also gets a hint of just how complex Ellington's situation during this period really was -- the fact that he performed "Bunny Hop Mambo," one of those Capitol dance numbers that serious fans loathed, indicates that he took it seriously. Each disc runs approximately 45 minutes, making for more than 200 minutes of music, and at $7 list per disc, that's a bargain -- anyone owning Mosaic's Ellington Capitol box should have this set, and anyone disappointed with the Seattle Concert should try at least one volume. These shows came out of an even more difficult period, and they're very solid performances. -- Bruce Eder



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