The 1953 Pasadena Concert (Live)
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||The Tattooed Bride (Live)||Duke Ellington||9:23||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Diminuendo in Blue/Crescendo in Blue (Live)||Duke Ellington||8:09||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||The Hawk Talks (Live)||Duke Ellington||3:14||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Monologue (Live)||Duke Ellington||3:19||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||St. Louis Blues (Live)||Duke Ellington & Ray Nance||2:34||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||V.I.P.'s Boogie/Jam With Sam (Live)||Duke Ellington||6:33||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Without a Song (Live)||Duke Ellington & Jimmy Grissom||3:54||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me (Live)||Duke Ellington & Jimmy Grissom||2:11||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Street Blues (Live)||Duke Ellington & Jimmy Grissom||4:25||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Perdido (Live)||Duke Ellington||4:50||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
||Ellington Medley: Don't Get Around Much Anyomore/In a Sentimental Mood/Mood Indigo/I'm Beginning to See the Light/Sophisticated Lady/Caravan/It Don't Mean a Thing/Solitude/I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (Live)||Duke Ellington||7:32||0,99 €||View In iTunes|
A CD reissue of a March 30, 1953, concert at Pasadena's Civic Auditorium (presented by Crescendo Records founder Gene Norman), this disc captures the pioneering bandleader Duke Ellington toward the start of a career refocusing that would climax in the legendary 1956 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, the performance that forever established Ellington as both the grand old man of jazz and one of the finest composers of his time. This concert features Duke Ellington the composer and bandleader, not Duke Ellington the hit songwriter. (Indeed, the usual "Ellington Medley" sounds particularly rushed and offhand here, running through an astonishing nine songs in under seven minutes, or about 46 seconds per classic, barely enough time for a single chorus of each.) A remarkable version of the tone poem "The Tattooed Bride" starts the program, with Jimmy Hamilton's clarinet sketching the story outlined in Ellington's opening monologue. Ellington addresses the audience frequently during this set, and even delivers a monologue with musical accompaniment, the dryly humorous parable "Pretty and the Wolf." The highlight of the set, as it often was during this era, is the masterful "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue." Paul Gonsalves' "wailing interval" is considerably shorter than it is on the Live at Newport album, only a couple of choruses, but it's as exciting and passionate as the more famous extended solo. The sound of the disc is particularly good, with a live atmosphere and a full but not distracting sense of audience presence.
Born: 29 April 1899 in Washington D.C.
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s