355

Duke Ellington: Festival Session

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count

Two Hundred Fifty-Plus Words on Ellington, Part III.

Festival Session is the third in a trio of remastered and reconfigured Columbia releases to the Legacy imprint. The other two are Ellington Uptown and Masterpieces by Ellington , both worthy of purchase considering the amount of reconstruction and updating the releases have undergone since the 1950s. All three recordings are comprised of old and new songs. Festival Session was recorded following a successful series of festivals the Ellington Band had performed in the summer of 1959. In addition to the tried and true ("Perdido" and "Things Ain’t What They Used to Be"), Ellington offers some experimental suites in "Duael Fuel," which was composed to 1959’s concert season, highlights two Ellington drummers, Sam Woodyard and Jimmy Johnson. The suite "Idiom ‘59" spotlights the clarinets, Russell Procope and Jimmy Hamilton.



"Copout Extension" allows Paul Gonsalves room to stretch out in comfort. The recently restored "V.I.P.s Boogie" features Harry Carney’s warm baritone and the Jimmy Hamilton’s clarinet again. "Things..." features Johnny Hodges. All performances are essential Ellington and make you realize that in jazz, giants did walk the earth.



For more information, see Columbia Legacy Records .

Track Listing: Perdidio; Copout Extension; Duael Fuel

Personnel: Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Clark Terry; Ray Nance, Willie Cook, Andres Merenghito

Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Columbia Records | Style: Big Band


Shop

More Articles

Read Nightfall CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by John Kelman
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Pekka CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read In the Still of the Night CD/LP/Track Review In the Still of the Night
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Zea CD/LP/Track Review Zea
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 22, 2017
Read Asian Fields Variations CD/LP/Track Review Asian Fields Variations
by John Kelman
Published: May 21, 2017
Read Left Right Left CD/LP/Track Review Left Right Left
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Pekka" CD/LP/Track Review Pekka
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 22, 2017
Read "Lookin' East" CD/LP/Track Review Lookin' East
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "What Doesn’t Kill You" CD/LP/Track Review What Doesn’t Kill You
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Risc" CD/LP/Track Review Risc
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 29, 2016
Read "The Day After" CD/LP/Track Review The Day After
by David A. Orthmann
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Dream Maps" CD/LP/Track Review Dream Maps
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 13, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, and provide read access to our future articles.