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The Treasury Shows Vol. 22

Duke Ellington

Price: £15.99
Cat No#:
9039022
Format:
2CD
Artist:
Duke Ellington
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In April 1945, to promote the sale of war bonds, the US Treasury
Department contacted Duke Ellington to do a series of 55 min public broadcasts.
These sessions would give Ellington a wide choice of material to perform including
his older work; new instrumentals and pop tunes and his extended works as well.
 
This double CD contains a series of different radio broadcasts from the Golden Gate
Theatre in San Francisco and the famous Hurricane Restaurant in New York among
others. The broadcasts are featured complete with radio speaks and
encouragements to buy bonds read by The Duke himself + bonus material and
extensive liner notes.
 
CD1 contains a radio broadcast from the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco,
recorded on August 3, 1946 with bonus tracks from a session at the Lakeside Park,
El Patio Ballroom in Denver, July 1945, 1942. CD2 features a broadcast recorded at
Meadowbrook, Culver City, California, August 17, 1946. Included are also three
bonus tracks from a radio broadcast at the Hurricane Restaurant in New York City,
August 21, 1943.
 
This Treasury Shows addition was recorded amid tensions between the Duke and
his record company, a large musician’s strike, the surprising deaths of several
prominent band members and political events such as rising racial and social tension
and World War II, all of which is meticulously explained in the extensive liner notes
by Duke Ellington connoisseur and journalist Roger Boyes. The musical gift of the
versatile Ellingtonians always prevails, however—as Boyes for example writes:
Hodges’ solo [on A Flower is a Lovesome Thing] is three-and-a-half minutes of
pure melody, and in the unlikely even that you tire of that, Stryhorn’s accompaniment
offers a parallel three-and-a-half minutes of great beauty”. Duke Ellington and his
Orchestra always deliver on energy, skill and rhythm.

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

CD1

Track 1-16: Broadcast recorded at Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, August 3, 1946

Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Francis Williams, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo), Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Wilbur DeParis (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Russell Procope (cl, as), Johnny Hodges (as), Al Sears (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl), Duke Ellington (p), Billy Strayhorn (1p), Fred Guy (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Kay Davis (2), Marion Cox (1), Al Hibbler (3) (vo).

Track 17-20: Recorded at Lakeside Park, El Patio Ballroom, Denver, July 15, 1942

Rex Stewart, Wallace Jones (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln), Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown (tb), Juan Tizol (vtb), Chauncey Haughton (cl, ts), Johnny Hodges (ss, as), Otto Hardwicke (as), Ben Webster (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, as), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Junior Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Ivie Anderson (vo).

CD2

Track 1-16: Broadcast recorded at Meadowbrook, Culver City, California, August 17, 1946

Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Francis Williams, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo), Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones, Wilbur DeParis (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Russell Procope (cl, as), Johnny Hodges (as), Al Sears (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, bcl), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Oscar Pettiford (b), Sonny Greer (dr), Kay Davis, Marion Cox, Al Hibbler (vo).

Track 17-19: Broadcast at Hurricane Restaurant NYC, August 21, 1943

Taft Jordan, Wallace Jones, Harold Baker (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo), Joe Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Bernard Archer (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Johnny Hodges (ss, as), Nat Jones (cl, as), Ben Webster (ts), Harry Carney (bs, cl, as), Duke Ellington (p), Fred Guy (g), Junior Raglin (b), Sonny Greer (dr).

Reviews

Jazz Weekly

"Listening to this most recent volume of radio broadcasts of Duke Ellington's Orchestra from 1942-46 is akin to reading the Bible after listening to pop psychology. One is simply transient opinion and the other is authoritative. Ellington's band during the War Years had a richness of sound to match the fertility of the leader's pen, and the juicy reward of these broadcasts is that there is always an obscure piece that is like a cold drink to a parched throat."

- George W. Harris (original article here)

Although it is an enormous amount of music, true Ellington fans will want all of the Treasury Shows in Storyville’s admirable reissue series. Just imagine, 44 CDs (thus far) from a 16-month period in Duke Ellington’s career!

Scott Yanow, Syncopagted Times