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Duke Ellington’s Treasury Series complete Monday, June 18th, 2018

The massive Treasury Series has now reached the end and is completed with the release of Treasury 25.
Duke Ellingtons Treasury shows, recorded between 1945 and 1953 by the US Treasury department, was created as a means to have the public buying war bonds, ie. loaning their money to the government in support for soldiers. Duke Ellington was at the height of his popularity at the time and was the perfect representant.
The Treasury series consists of 25 releases, a total of 50 CDs altogether, with all the known Treasury shows from 1945 to 1953, and new, hitherto mostly unreleased bonus broadcast material from the 1940s.

In his liner notes to vol. 1 (in 2000), Bob Bamberger quoted the late Klaus Stratemann who in ”Day By Day and Film By Film” wrote that the release of these unedited Treasury broadcasts represented ”the most dedicated effort ever to preserve for posterity a musician’s achievements of a specific era and make them available…Its documentary value is inestimable… it provides a vivid portait of the band and it’s leader…” And Bob Bamberger commented: ”It is no exaggeration. And just think. This is only the beginning.” This final double CD contains a series of different radio NBC broadcasts from the famous Blue Note club in Chicago, Illinois and The Hurricane Club in New York from the summer of 1953. The CD set also incudes bonus recordings from The Hurricane Restaurant from the spring of 1943 and 1944. The broadcasts are featured complete with radio speaks and encouragements to buy bonds read by The Duke himself, plus bonus material and liner notes.
The whole Duke Ellington Treasury Shows series are now complete withh 25 double CDs. The Treasury Shows form an indispensable addition to the history of Duke Ellington and jazz big bands in the 1940s.

View all of the Treasury Series releases here. (Select “Treasury” under “Series”)

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in Rotterdam 1969 Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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Duke Ellington’s status as a legend is well-merited. This new release presents the star and his whole orchestra in full vigor at a 1969 Rotterdam concert.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra toured Europe in November 1969, a time when Duke was still at the top of his powers. It is a pleasure to be able to issue the whole of an excellent concert recorded in De Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam—a venue famous for its splendid acoustics. The ambience is remarkable on this live recording: The audience is audibly enthusiastic and these high spirits influence the band: Duke Ellington and the orchestra gave two concerts on November 7th, and even though this is the second one, the musicians sound nothing but lively and fresh.

The repertoire includes classics such as “Take the A Train” and “Don’t Get Around Much More” rarely heard as swinging as on this day, vigorous and fresh versions of “Kinda Dukish” and “Rockin’ In Rhythm” and the newer 1966 composition “La Plus Belle Africaine”, the centerpiece of the concert.

Among the soloists we find Johnny Hodges playing as beautifully as ever on “Black Butterfly”, only half a year before his death. Other prominent band members such as Cootie Williams, Lawrence Brown, Harry Carney and Paul Gonsalves are also featured.

The never before released 1969 Rotterdam concert exhibits Duke Ellington & His Orchestra on one of their most intense and enthusiastic nights. Still in a brilliant mood after two concerts, Duke Ellington even played an after-party concert with a quartet—Storyville Records hopes to issue these recordings in the future.

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