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Timme’s Treasures

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

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What set him aside from the rest of us,” Rosenkrantz’ friend Doug Dobell, a London record store owner and jazz producer, recalls, “was that he LIVED the music as no other non-musician has – in fact as few musicians ever have”.

Rosenkrantz charmed his way into the American music business, was an early advocate of African-American jazz musicians, and a hopeless businessmann. He soon fell in love with singer Inez Cavanaugh, and the couple ventured opening many short-lived jazz clubs. Timme’s force was rather his passion and character: He was personal friends with Duke Ellington, became a respected record producer, journalist and radio broadcaster in Denmark as well as New York and captured now historic photographs that eradiate the vibrant essence of New York’s 1940s Jazz scene.

Carefully selected from the archives at the Music Library of the University of Southern Denmark by experts, the old tracks have been digitally cleaned and remastered, providing us an array of interesting material. Timme’s Treasures features extraordinary gems from a riveting epoch of jazz, and the CD is an unexpectedly recovered treasure chest, teaching us an important history lesson on musicality.

On the album, we find exclusive recordings of some of the grand musicians such as Stuff Smith, Thelonious Monk, Don Byas and pianist Erroll Garner, whom Timme Rosenkrantz is actually credited for discovering and being the first to record. Most of it is recorded in Timme Rosenkrantz’s private Manhattan apartment, where the jazz society came to party and play. The CD is the first ever release of these private recordings from the mid-1940s.

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The Treasury Shows Vol. 20 with Duke Ellington and His Orchestra is out now!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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Storyville Records is proud to present volume 20 in the Duke Ellington Treasury Shows series. In April 1945, to promote the sale of war bonds, the Treasury Department contacted Duke Ellington to do a series of 55 min public broadcasts. This double CD contains a series of recordings from Paramount Theatre and the famous Hurricane Club complete with radio speaks and encouragements to buy bonds + bonus material and extensive liner notes.

“Big bands were dying off like the dinosaurs, but Ellington transcended Swing and its era. Television was in its developmental stage and by the 1950s would supersede radio. Duke Ellington would outlive the reign of the medium that he so well mastered”, writes Ken Steiner, author of the extensive liner notes, and concludes: ”The band must have been saving its best for this broadcast, which finds them in top form”.

It is also worth noting that 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer and pianist William “Billy” Strayhorn. His contribution to the Ellington organization can hardly be overstated and is evident on this CD, which also serves as a tribute to his genius. Not just artistically was he influential —Ellington described Strayhorn as “the eyes in the back of his head”

CD 1 contains a radio broadcast from The Rehearsal Hall at Paramount Theatre, New York, June 1, 1946 plus bonus tracks from The Hurricane Club in New York, September 10, 1943.

CD 2 features a broadcast from WEEU Studios, Reading, P.A., June 8, 1946. The last tracks are again from The Hurricane Club but from September 7, 1943.

The whole Duke Ellington Treasury Shows series will be 24 double CDs. This release is volume 20 and the rest is on the way!

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