375

Duke Ellington, et al.: 1969: All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington

Charlie B. Dahan By

Sign in to view read count
Duke Ellington celebrated his 70th birthday on April 29, 1969 as a guest of President Richard Nixon at the White House. In addition to receiving the distinguished Medal of Freedom, Ellington witnessed an all-star tribute concert featuring many of the day’s great jazz musicians in their prime, which until now, was lost. Recently a cassette belonging to then White House advisor Leonard Garmet found its way to Blue Note Records and the label enlisted Malcolm Addley and the National Archives to digitally remaster the cassette recording. For the first time “1969: All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington” is available to the public and without a doubt one of the great releases of the year.

The tribute band featuring, among others, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Clark Terry, Joe Williams, J.J. Johnson, Jim Hall, and Milt Hinton, elegantly works through twenty-seven Ellington / Strayhorn compositions, including “Take the ‘A’ Train, “Satin Doll, “Sophisticated Lady,” and “Mood Indigo.” The musicians all play the repertoire straight and do not stray too far from the composer original intentions, but each track is a true gem of wonderfully performed music that made Ellington proud.

Ellington is not a performer on this album until the last track, which is a three minute solo piano piece and sounds mostly improvised dedicated to the President Nixon’s wife entitled “Pat.” “Pat,” not only is the only track that Ellington performs on, but also, the albums only original composition, which until now, wasn’t available anywhere.

Very rarely does an unreleased album come along that not only contains this much top rate music performed by a great ensemble, but also is a historically significant event. “1969: All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington” resides in the ‘must have’ category for any jazz and/or Ellington fan.

Track Listing: 1. Take the A Train 2. I Got It Bad 3. Chelsea Bridge 4. Satin Doll 5. Sophisticated Lady 6. Just Squeeze Me 7. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart 8. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me 9. Don

Personnel: Duke Ellington

Title: 1969: All-Star White House Tribute to Duke Ellington | Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read The Princess CD/LP/Track Review The Princess
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Latin Lover CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Reclamation CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Live At the Stone" CD/LP/Track Review Live At the Stone
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 29, 2016
Read "Feather" CD/LP/Track Review Feather
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "A Wing Dissolved In Light" CD/LP/Track Review A Wing Dissolved In Light
by John Sharpe
Published: July 29, 2017
Read "Everybody Loves Angels" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody Loves Angels
by Henning Bolte
Published: October 26, 2017
Read "The Unknown" CD/LP/Track Review The Unknown
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 31, 2016
Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Quartet Plus, Volume 2
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 21, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor