Live In Zurich, Switzerland 2.5.1950
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
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||Suddenly It Jumped (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||2:35||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Ring Dem Bells (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||2:59||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Creole Love Call (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||5:14||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Paradise (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||4:15||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Air Conditioned Jungle (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||4:27||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||How High the Moon (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||6:25||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||The Tattooed Bride (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||12:28||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Take the "A" Train (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||3:17||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Frankie and Johnny (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||8:14||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Rockin' In Rhythm (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||5:48||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Violet Blue (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||5:37||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||St. Louis Blues (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||2:56||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||'S Wonderful (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||2:40||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Jeep Is Jumpin' (Live)||Duke Ellington and His Orchestra||2:29||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
Duke Ellington was widely recorded in concert over his many decades in jazz, but the discovery of a previously unreleased live tape from 1950, in surprisingly listenable fidelity, is still an occasion worthy of applause. Of course the mere surfacing of the recording wouldn't mean a thing if it didn't have that swing, and this set does indeed. Accompanied by a relatively small group consisting of trumpeter Ray Nance (who also sings), clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Jimmy Hamilton, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, bassist/bass clarinetist Harry Carney, both Sonny Greer and Butch Ballard on drums, and Ellington's longtime co-writer Billy Strayhorn also on piano, plus the vocalist Kay Davis, Ellington is in fine form throughout. Ever the gentleman, Ellington introduces the numbers to the Swiss audiences, jokes a bit, and leads his charges in a most dignified manner. The performances are tight and inspired, respectful of the big-band tradition but unafraid to dip a few toes into the progressive waters looming ahead as the '50s kicked in. Solos are never less than praiseworthy and often quite hot. The song list yields no real surprises — standards of the Ellington repertoire and/or of the era in general such as "Take the 'A' Train," "Creole Love Call," "S'Wonderful," and "How High the Moon" are among the numbers performed — and overall the album does what it needs to: gives an accurate reflection of where this pioneer stood at this point in his long, legendary career.
Born: 29 April 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s