Duke Ellington – My People (1963)

FrontCover1.JPGMy People is an album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington written and recorded in 1963 for a stage show and originally released on Bob Thiele’s short-lived Contact label befor being reissed on the Flying Dutchman label and later released on CD on the Red Baron label. The album features recordings of compositions by Ellington for a stage show presented in Chicago as part of the Century of Negro Progress Exposition in 1963. (by wikipedia)

In a discography as large as Duke Ellington’s, it’s inevitable some records would fall by the wayside, and My People is one of them. Strangely, it is not a simple one-off session that was forgotten by the public at large. My People was a long-form work designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, commissioned by the Century of Negro Progress Exposition, which ran the theatrical piece at McCormick Place in Chicago between August 16 and September 2, 1963. Not a small feat by any means, but the accompanying record got lost in time due to its weird release on Contact, a one-off indie run in secret by Bob Thiele, who had to keep its existence hidden from his employers at ABC-Paramount, where he was currently the head of Impulse! Records.


The focus of My People is on the drama that could be heard on-stage, so there are narrations — Duke himself testifies at the opening of “My People” — and an omnipresent vocal cast led by Joya Sherrill, a singer who received a “featuring” billing on the album cover. There’s a certain majesty to the spectacle of this extravagant work and there’s also heart here, one that is inextricably tied to the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s. And yet, as a record, My People feels stagey and stuffy, with the emphasis falling on the florid vocal arrangements instead of the confident swing of the ensemble. A large work existing at the intersection of swing, blues, jazz, theater, and social activism is something to celebrate, but My People is a snapshot of a specific era and is most interesting as a representation of its time, not as an individual work. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

And because this was an is a so important album, I add a long article about the story of this music.


Juan Amalbert (percussion)
Harold Ashby (saxophone, clarinet)
Louis Bellson (drums)
Joe Benjamin (bass)
Bill Berry (trumpet)
Pete Clark (saxophone, clarinet)
Chuck Connors (trombone)
Duke Ellington (piano, narrator)
Bob Freedman (saxophone)
Lil Greenwood (vocals on 06.
Jimmy Grissom (vocals on 06.
Ziggy Harrell (trumpet)
Jimmy McPhail (vocals on 01., 02., 03.
Ray Nance (cornet)
Rudy Powell (saxophone)
Russell Procope  (saxophone, clarinet)
John Sanders (trombone)
Joya Sherrill (vocals on 05. + 08.)
Billy Strayhorn (piano)
Nat Woodard (trumpet)
Booty Wood (trombone)
Britt Woodman (trombone)
Irving Bunton Singers (choir on 02., 07, + 08.)


01. Ain’t But the One/Will You Be There?/99%” 5.19
02. Come Sunday/David Danced Before the Lord 6.11
03. My Mother, My Father (Heritage) 2.54
04. Montage 6.57
05. My People/The Blues 8.49
06. Workin’ Blues/My Man Sends Me/Jail Blues/Lovin’ Lover 5.58
07. King Fit The Battle Of Alabam’ 3.29
08. What Color Is Virtue? 2.50

All compositions by Duke Ellington




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Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington’s Greatest Hits (1968)

FrontCover1.jpgDuke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards. In addition to touring year in and year out, he recorded extensively, resulting in a gigantic body of work that was still being assessed a quarter century after his death. (by William Ruhlmann)

Columbia’s Greatest Hits features many of Duke Ellington’s best-known songs and biggest hits, including “Satin Doll,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Solitude,” “Mood Indigo,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Prelude to a Kiss” and “Perdido.” It’s a fine sampling of Ellington’s most familiar melodies and works as a good introduction for novices. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington’s work cannot possibly be summed up in one CD. Even his most important and influential work could barely make up a three CD collection. When I was beginning to get interested in Jazz, though, I wanted an album that, for a low price, would best represent what he has done for the world of jazz and music in the twentieth century.
Well, this album more then achieved that. If you could only have 10 of the Duke’s songs, then these would be the ones to have. C Jam Blues, I’m Beginning to See the Light, and Perdido are something every musician and music lover should hear. I strongly recommend this album, cuz’ its muy perfecto! (by Jason Decristofaro)


Duke Ellington Orchestra
Al Hibbler (vocals on 02.)
Betty Roche (vocals on 04.)


01. Satin Doll (1958) (Ellington) 3.54
02. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (1947) (Russell/Ellington) 3.06
03. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (1947) (Russell/Ellington) 3.07
04. Take The “A” Train (1952) (Strayhorn) 8.03
05. Solitude (1957) (Ellington/DeLange/Mills) 4.44
06. C Jam Blues (1959) (Ellington) 4.55
07. Mood Indigo (1957) (Bigard/Ellington/Mills) 3.06
08. I’m Beginning To See The Light (1960) (George/Ellington/James/Hodges) 2.06
09. Prelude To A Kiss (1957) (Ellington/Gordon/Mills) 4.45
10. Perdido (1960) (Drake/Lenk/Tizol) 6.44



Taken from the original liner notes:


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

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)
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.)

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 (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)


Duke Ellington – Jumpin´ Punkins (1965)


Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than fifty years.

Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward and gained a national profile through his orchestra’s appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. In the 1930s, his orchestra toured in Europe. Although widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase “beyond category” as a liberating principle and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music rather than to a musical genre such as jazz.

Some of the jazz musicians who were members of Ellington’s orchestra, such as saxophonist Johnny Hodges, are considered to be among the best players in the idiom. Ellington melded them into the best-known orchestral unit in the history of jazz. Some members stayed with the orchestra for several decades. A master at writing miniatures for the three-minute 78 rpm recording format, Ellington wrote more than one thousand compositions; his extensive body of work is the largest recorded personal jazz legacy, with many of his pieces having become standards. Ellington also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, for example Juan Tizol’s “Caravan”, and “Perdido”, which brought a Spanish tinge to big band jazz. In the early 1940s, Ellington began a nearly thirty-year collaboration with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his writing and arranging companion. With Strayhorn, he composed many extended compositions, or suites, as well as additional short pieces. Following an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, in July 1956, Ellington and his orchestra enjoyed a major revival and embarked on world tours. Ellington recorded for most American record companies of his era, performed in several films, scored several, and composed a handful of stage musicals.


Ellington was noted for his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and for his eloquence and charisma. His reputation continued to rise after he died, and he was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Special Award for music in 1999. (by wikipedia)

And here´s a fine sampler from his early to mid-1940s period. We hear “16 rare sides from his 1940/1941 band” …

And it´s another chance to hear all these charming Big Band tunes from one of the geatest Jazz musicians of the last century.

My copy is from Italy … so all the liner notes are in Italian.


Original US front + back cover

Ivie Anderson (vocals)
Barney Bigard (saxophone, clarinet)
Jimmy Blanton (bass)
Lawrence Brown (trombone)
Harry Carney (saxophone, clarinet)
Duke Ellington (piano)
Sonny Greer (drums)
Fred Guy (guitar)
Otto Hardwick (saxophone, clarinet)
Johnny Hodges (saxophone)
Wallace Jones (trumpet)
Ray Nance (trumpet, violin, vocals)
Joe Nanton (trombone)
Rex Stewart (cornet)
Billy Strayhorn (piano)
Juan Tizol (trombone)
Ben Webster (saxophone)
Cootie Williams (trumpet)


01. Conga Brava (Ellington/Tizol) 2.55
02. Me And You (Ellington) 2.52
03. Dusk (Ellington) 3.13
04. Blue Goose (Ellington) 3.18
05. Five O’ Clock Whistle (Gannon/Myrow/Irwin) 3.15
06. The Sidewalks Of New York (Lawlor/Blake) 3.10
07. After All (Strayhorn) 3.16
08. John Hardy’s Wife (Ellington) 3.23
09. Jumpin’ Punkins (Mercer/Ellington) 3.41
10. Are You Sticking ? (Ellington) 3.04
11. The Giddy Bug Gallop (Ellington) 3.29
12. Chocolate Shake (Webster/Ellington) 2.53
13. Clementine (Strayhorn) 2.58
14. Jump For Joy (Webster/Ellington/Kuller) 2.53
15. Bli-Blip (Kuller/Ellington) 3.03
16. Five O’ Clock Drag (Ellington) 3.09




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

Duke Ellington – Ellington At Newport (1956/1999)

Ellington At Newport LP 1Ellington at Newport is a 1956 live jazz album by Duke Ellington and his band of their 1956 concert at the Newport Jazz Festival, a concert which revitalized Ellington’s flagging career. Jazz promoter George Wein describes the 1956 concert as “the greatest performance of [Ellington’s] career… It stood for everything that jazz had been and could be.”. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, which ranks it “one of the most famous… in jazz history”. The original release partly recreated in the studio the Ellington Orchestra’s festival appearance.

Many big bands folded by the mid-1950s, but Ellington kept his band working, occasionally doing shows in ice-skating rinks to stay busy.[clarification needed] The Duke Ellington Orchestra did European tours during the early 1950s, and Ellington was chiefly supporting the band himself through royalties earned on his popular compositions of the 1920s to 1940s. At the time of the festival, the band did not even have a record deal.

Duke and his orchestra arrived to play at the Newport Jazz Festival at a time when jazz festivals were a fairly new innovation. Ellington’s band was the first and last group to play at the Newport Festival. The first, short set began at 8:30 and included “The Star Spangled Banner”, “Black and Tan Fantasy” and “Tea for Two”. This set was played without a few of the band’s members as they were unable to be found at the start of the show.


After performances by the other groups, the remainder of the band was located and the real performance began. Duke led off with “Take the ‘A’ Train”, followed by a new composition by Duke and Billy Strayhorn, a suite of three pieces: “Festival Junction”, “Blues to Be There”, and “Newport Up”. This suite was intended to be the showstopper, but the reception was not as enthusiastic as was hoped.

Following the Festival suite, Duke called for Harry Carney’s baritone saxophone performance of “Sophisticated Lady”. Then the orchestra played “Day In, Day Out”. Following this, Duke announced that they were pulling out “some of our 1938 vintage”: “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” joined by an improvised interval, which Duke announced would be played by tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves.

Ellington had been experimenting with the reworking for several years before the Newport performance; a release of one of his Carnegie Hall concerts of the 1940s presented the two old blues joined by a wordless vocal passage, “Transbluecency,” but in time he chose to join the pair by a saxophone solo, handing it to Gonsalves, experimenting with it in shorter performances before the Newport show, where Ellington is believed to have told Gonsalves to blow as long as he felt like blowing when the solo slot came. It came after two choruses of an Ellington piano break at what was formerly the conclusion of “Diminuendo in Blue.”


As performed at Newport, the experiment ended up revamping the Ellington reputation and fortune for the rest of Ellington’s life. The previous experiments culminated in a 27-chorus solo by Gonsalves — simple, but powerful — backed only by bassist Jimmy Woode, drummer Sam Woodyard, and Ellington himself pounding punctuating piano chords and (with several audible band members as well) hollering urgings-on (“Come on, Paul — dig in! Dig in!”) to his soloist. The normally sedate crowd was on their feet dancing in the aisles, reputedly provoked by a striking platinum blonde woman in a black evening dress, actress Elaine Anderson, getting up and dancing enthusiastically. When the solo ended and Gonsalves collapsed in exhaustion, Ellington himself took over for two choruses of piano solo before the full band returned for the “Crescendo in Blue” portion, finishing with a rousing finale featuring high-note trumpeter Cat Anderson.

Elaine Anderson1

After that performance, pandemonium took over. Duke calmed the crowd by announcing, “If you’ve heard of the saxophone, then you’ve heard of Johnny Hodges.” Duke’s best known alto saxophonist then played two of his most famous numbers in “I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good)” followed by “Jeep’s Blues”. Still the crowd refused to disperse so Duke called for Ray Nance to sing “Tulip or Turnip”. The festival’s organizers tried to cut off the show at this point but once again were met with angry refusals to end the evening.

Duke told the announcer that he would end the show and wanted to thank the audience but instead announced he had a “very heavy request for Sam Woodyard in ‘Skin Deep'”, a number written by former Ellington drummer Louis Bellson. This drum solo feature was the final number featured, followed by a farewell from Duke over “Mood Indigo”. In his farewell, he thanked the crowd for the “wonderful way in which you’ve inspired us this evening.” He then finished with his trademark statement, “You are very beautiful, very sweet and we do love you madly.” With that, the historic show concluded.


Columbia Records recorded the concert and an album soon followed. Duke appeared soon after on the cover of Time, and his resurgent popularity lasted throughout the rest of his life. Some of his most critically acclaimed albums occurred during the next decade and a half, until age and illness began to claim some of Duke’s band members and, in 1974, Ellington himself.

In 1996, a tape discovered in the Voice of America’s archive of its radio broadcasts revealed that the 1956 album had indeed been fabricated with studio performances mixed with some live recordings and artificial applause. Only about 40% of the 1956 recording was actually live. The reason for this was that Ellington felt the under-rehearsed Festival suite had not been performed up to recording release standards, and he wished to have a better version on tape if it was to be issued on record. Producer George Avakian did as Ellington asked and the band entered the studio immediately after TimeMagazine.jpgthe festival. Avakian mixed in the studio version with portions of the live performance. The applause was dubbed onto the original release to cover up the fact that Gonsalves had been playing into the wrong microphone and was often completely inaudible.

On the 1999 reissue, the VoA live recording and live Columbia tapes were painstakingly pieced together using digital technology to create a stereophonic recording of the most well-known Ellington performance of the past fifty years, this time with Gonsalves’ solo clearly heard, though the beginning of the audience cheering and noise at around the seventh or eighth chorus of the solo can still be heard as well. (Stereophonic LP records were not mass-produced until 1957, the year after the recording.) (by wikipedia)

Duke Ellington’s appearance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival has long been famous, and justifiably so. Paul Gonsalves’ 27-chorus tenor solo on “Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue” practically started a riot at Newport and made headlines around the world. The momentum generated by this concert led to Ellington’s comeback and never let up during his 18 remaining years. A double CD put out in 1999 presents the entire concert performance, previously unheard material, and a few revelations. After a brief truncated set that was cut short because four of Ellington’s musicians could not be found, the Ellington Orchestra returned to the stage three hours later. They played “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Newport Jazz Festival Suite,” a showcase for Harry Carney on “Sophisticated Lady,” and a so-so Jimmy Grissom vocal outing on “Day In, Day Out.” Then came “Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue.”


The saxophone interlude caused crazed dancing, and soon the crowd was as loud as the band. When the crowd would not quiet down, Ellington saved the day by closing with a long version of “Skin Deep.” But unknown to most people is that on July 9, the orchestra went to the studios to reproduce the program. The earlier version of the “Newport Jazz Festival Suite” had been a bit sloppy and Gonsalves’ famous tenor solo on “Diminuendo” had actually been played into the wrong microphone. Ellington’s band therefore performed the entire “Newport Jazz Festival Suite” again and it was issued (with phony applause, introductions, and crowd noises) on the original LP. Highly recommended. (by Scott Yanow)


Cat Anderson (trumpet)
Harry Carney (saxophone)
Willie Cook (trumpet)
Duke Ellington (piano)
Paul Gonsalves (saxophone)
Jimmy Grissom (vocals)
Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet)
Johnny Hodges (saxophone)
Quentin Jackson (trombone)
Ray Nance (trumpet, vocals)
Russell Procope (saxophone)
John Sanders (trombone)
Clark Terry (trumpet)
Jimmy Woode (bass)
Britt Woodman (trombone)
Sam Woodyard (drums)



CD 1:
01. Star Spangled Banner (Smith) 1.10
02. Father Norman O’Connor introduces Duke & The Orchestra / Duke introduces Tune & Anderson, Jackson & Procope 3.36
03. Black And Tan Fantasy (Miley/Ellington) 6.21
04. Duke introduces Cook & Tune 0.26
05. Tea For Two (Youmans) 3.34
06. Duke & Band leave stage / Father Norman talks about the festival 2.30
07. Take The A Train (Strayhorn) 4.27
08. Duke announces Strayhorn’s A Train & Nance / Duke introduces Festival Suite, Part I & Hamilton 0.41
09. Part I – Festival Junction (Strayhorn/Ellington) 8.10
10. Duke announces Soloists; introduces Part II 0.38
11 Part II – Blues To Be There (Strayhorn/Ellington) 7.09
12. Duke announces Nace & Procope; introduces Part III 0.19
13. Part III – Newport Up (Strayhorn/Ellington) 5.33
14. Duke announces Hamilton, Gonsalves & Terry / Duke introduces Carney & Tune 0.25
15. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington/Mills/Parish) 3.52
16. Duke announces Grissom & Tune 0.17
17. Day In, Day Out (Mercer/Bloom) 3.50
18. Duke introduces Tune(s) And Paul Gonsalves interludes 0.23
19. Diminuendo In Blue And Crescendo In Blue (Ellington) 14.20
20. Announcements, Pandemonium 0.44
21. Pause track 0.06

CD 2:
01. Duke ntroduces Johnny Hodges 0.18
02. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (Ellington/Webster) 3.38
03. Jeep’s Blues (Ellington/Hodges) 4.36
04. Duke calms crowd; introduces Nance & Tune 0.42
05. Tulip Or Turnip (George/Ellington) 2.49
06. Riot prevention 1.08
07. Skin Deep (Bellson) 9.13
08. Mood Indigo (Bigard/Ellington/Mills) 1.30
09. Studio Concert (Excerpts) 1.15
10. Father Norman O’Connor introduces Duke Ellington / Duke introduces New Work, Part I & Hamilton 1.02
11. Part I – Festival Junction (Strayhorn/Ellington) 8.46
12. Duke announces Soloists; introduces Part II 0.32
13. Part II – Blues To Be There (Strayhorn/Ellington) 7.48
14. Duke announces Nance & Procope; introduces Part III 0.16
15. Part III – Newport Up (Strayhorn/Ellington) 5.20
16. Duke announces Hamilton, Gonsalves & Terry / Pause / Duke introduces Johnny Hodges 0.41
17. I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (Ellington/Webster) 3.47
18. Jeep’s Blues (Ellington/Hodges) 4.32
19. Pause track 0.07




Duke Ellington at the Newport Jazz festival, 1956

Various Artists – Tenor Sax Ballads (Priceless Jazz Collection) (1999)

FrontCover1GRP has cobbled together a set of performances from labels it now has under its umbrella, such as Impulse and Cadet, as well as from albums released under its own name. There’s no intent here to put together a survey of the development of the tenor saxophone. Rather, this album is an unabashed effort to attract those who celebrate good tenor sax playing in general, and ballad sax in particular — and it works. If there were a hall of fame for tenor sax players, all the performers present on this disc would have been inaugural inductees. Coleman Hawkins, the first true tenor sax improviser, is represented with “Solitude” and “Mood Indigo” from the memorable recording he made with Duke Ellington; an added treat on “Solitude” is the fine violin playing of Ray Nance. John Coltrane’s inimitable ballad style is put on display with “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and “It’s Easy to Remember,” an effort by the Impulse label to make Coltrane more “popular” with jazz fans. The playing of the tenor saxophone’s psalm, “Body and Soul,” is awarded to Paul Gonsalves, who follows the improvisational path that Hawkins took on his 1939 recording. Ben Webster, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Illinois Jacquet, and the soul-laden horn of Stanley Turrentine are also present.

Ben Webster

Turrentine’s rendition of “Deep Purple” is a highlight of the album, as is Jacquet’s languid rendering of “You’re My Thrill.” A priceless set of performances by major practitioners of the tenor saxophone. Heartily recommended. (by Dave Nathan)

If you love tenor sax and music from the ’40s and ’50s and prefer melody, this is the CD for you.

It´s time to discover all these great jazz musicins from the past … timeless music !


01. Ben Webster: Stardust (Carmichael/Parish) 2.27
02. Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins: Solitude (DeLange/Ellington /Mills) 5.54
03. John Coltrane: You Don’t Know What Love Is (DePaul/Raye) 5.15
04. Paul Gonsalves: Body And Soul (Eyton/Green/Heyman/Sour) 5.27
05. Sonny Stitt: I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Bassman/Washington) 4.18
06. Duke Ellington: Single Petal Of A Rose (Webster) 3.21
07. Stanley Turrentine: Deep Purple (DeRose/Parish) 4.51
08. Duke Ellington & Coleman Hawkins:  Mood Indigo (Bigard/Ellington/Mills) 5.58
09. John Coltrane:  It’s Easy to Remember (Hart/Rodgers) 2.48
10. Illinois Jacquet: You’re My Thrill (Gorney/Lane/Washington) 3.50
11. Ben Webster: Over The Rainbow (Arlen/Harburg) 4.45
12. James Moody: Don’t Blame Me (Fields/McHugh) 4.31



Stanley Turrentine

New York Trio – Love You Madly (2003)

FrontCover1The vast Duke Ellington songbook is always ripe for exploration, and the New York Trio, featuring pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Bill Stewart, is up to the task. The gorgeous ballad “The Star Crossed Lovers” is in good hands, as Charlap gently examines the facets of this gem, accompanied by Leonhart’s spacious basslines and Stewart’s whispering brushes.

The brisk run through “Love You Madly” is transformed into an extended workout instead of the brief versions typically played by its composer. Charlap’s bluesy gospel introduction to “I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So” will turn a few heads.

Even though there’s nothing new about tackling “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” at a racehorse tempo, this trio’s intricate workout is a bit more abstract than most recordings. Charlap’s jaunty treatment of “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart” suggests its composer’s stride piano roots. (vy by Ken Dryden)

Another sentimental journey …

New York Trio

Bill Charlap (piano)
Jay Leonhart (bass)
Bill Stewart (drums)

01. Star Crossed Lovers 4.30
02. Jump For Joy 4.46
03. In A Sentimental Mood 5.57
04. Love You Madly 8.21
05. Sophisticated Lady 4.58
06. I’m Just A Lucky So-And-So 6.48
07. Prelude To A Kiss 6.16
08. It Don’t Mean A Thing 3.55
09. C Jam Blues 4.36
10. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart 7.16
11. Warm Valley 5.39

All tunes written by Duke Ellington