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The Duke in Munich

Album: The Duke in Munich
# Song Title   Time
1)    Take the "A" Train
2)    Medley: Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche
3)    Newport Up
4)    Sophisticated Lady
5)    Sonnet to Hank Cinq
6)    What Else Can You Do With a Drum?
7)    Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
8)    Jeep's Blues
9)    Take the "A" Train
10)    Hi Fi Fo Fum
11)    Ellington Medley: Don't Get Around Much Anymore
12)    Ellington Medley: Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
13)    Ellington Medley: In a Sentimental Mood
14)    Ellington Medley: Mood Indigo
15)    Ellington Medley: I'm Beginning to See the Light
16)    Ellington Medley: Sophisticated Lady
17)    Ellington Medley: Caravan
18)    Ellington Medley: I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)
19)    Ellington Medley: Just Squeeze Me
20)    Ellington Medley: It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
21)    Ellington Medley: Satin Doll
22)    Ellington Medley: Solitude
23)    Ellington Medley: I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart/Don't Get Around ...
24)    Diminuendo in Blue/Wailing Interval
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Performer Notes
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, trumpet, violin); Ozzie Bailey (vocals); Russel Procope (alto saxophone, clarinet); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet); Clark Terry (trumpet, fluglehorn); Cat Anderson, Harold "Shorty" Baker (trumpet); Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); John Sanders (valve trombone); Jimmy Woode (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums).
  • Recorded live in Munich, Germany on November 14, 1958.
  • Personnel: Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet); Ozzie Bailey (vocals); Harry Carney (clarinet, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Russell Procope (clarinet, alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet, flugelhorn); Harold Baker, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman (trombone); John Sanders (valve trombone); Duke Ellington (piano); Sam Woodyard (drums).
  • Liner Note Author: Loek Hopstaken.
  • Recording information: Kongressaal, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany (11/14/1958).
  • This 1958 concert is a typical Duke Ellington set from the period, mixing new numbers and old favorites, as well as the inevitable long medley of his biggest hits. Because this performance was recorded for radio broadcast, it doesn't quite have the depth or balance of Ellington's commercial recordings, though the balance is fairly good, and the soloists are very prominent. Highlights include the exciting "Newport Up," which showcases Clark Terry on flugelhorn, clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton, and tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves; baritone saxophonist Harry Carney in "Sophisticated Lady," and finally, alto saxophone star Johnny Hodges in "Jeep's Blues." The two songs from the fairly new LP, A Drum is A Woman, with lackluster singer Ozzie Bailey, are disappointing, while the long medley serves mainly to fulfill numerous audience requests. Sadly, the final number, "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," is the victim of a fade-out in the midst of Gonsalves' solo. This is a good, though hardly essential release for fans of Duke Ellington. ~ Ken Dryden
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