Duke Ellington – Ellington `66 (1966)

FrontCover1.JPGEllington ’66 is an album by American pianist, composer, and bandleader Duke Ellington that was recorded and released on the Reprise label in 1965.[1] The album won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz .

An even more commercial effort than Ellington ’65, Ellington ’66 is yet another example of how the change in popular music toward an all rock & roll format found jazz musicians attempting crossover material with varying degrees of success. While much of the music here is standard American Popular Song à la “Satin Doll” and “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” other tracks such as the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” are clearly attempts at reaching a younger record-buying audience. While Ellington ’66 isn’t a bad recording and actually bests ’65 for sheer listening pleasure, it is by no means required listening and will most likely appeal to die-hard Ellington completists. (by Matt Collar)

Duke Ellington 1966.jpgEven better than the Ellington ’65 release , this great sounding cd has the Duke and the orchestra in fine form as it hits one home run after another from hits ranging from the Beatles to Tony Bennett. A real highlight is yet another take of “satin doll” which features Duke on piano mixing perfectly with the orchestra, something not heard on previous releases. “Days of wine and roses”, and “The good life” are just awesome, beautiful renditions of standards that just never grow old, and further prove that Duke could make beautiful music from any era and style. This is a highly recommended example of his genius, the only drawback is the brevity of the cd, just over thirty minutes. (Joseph D. Vinarski)

Inlets.jpgThe inlets from the German edition

Personnel:
Cat Anderson (trumpet)
Lawrence Brown (trombone)
Harry Carney (saxophone)
Chuck Connors (bass trombone)
Buster Cooper (trombone)
Duke Ellington (piano)
Paul Gonsalves (saxophone)
Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, saxophone)
Johnny Hodges (saxophone)
Herb Jones (trumpet)
John Lamb (bass)
Russell Procope (saxophone, clarinet)
Cootie Williams (trumpet)
Sam Woodyard (drums)
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Mercer Ellington (trumpet on 04., 07.,  10. + 11.)
Rolf Ericson (trumpet on 02., 03., 08. + 09.)
Peck Morrison (bass on 02., 03., 08. + 09.)
Ray Nance (trumpet on  01., 04. –07., 10. – 12.)

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Tracklist:
01. Red Roses For A Blue Lady (Tepper/Bennett) 3.38
02. Charade (Mancini/Mercer) 2.37
03. People (Styne/Merrill) 3.21
04. All My Loving (Lennon/McCartney) 3.23
05. A Beautiful Friendship (Kahn/Styne) 2.47
06. I Want To Hold Your Hand (Lennon/McCartney) 2.03
07. Days Of Wine And Roses (Mancini/Mercer) 3.21
08. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Gibson) 3.56
09. The Good Life (Distel/Reardon) 3.13
10. Satin Doll (Ellington/Mercer/Strayhorn) 2.30
11. Moon River (Mancini/Mercer) 2.41
12. Ellington ’66 (Ellington) 2.33

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)

 

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