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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows Vol. 25

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Storyville Records, based in Copenhagen, have now completed the Herculean task of re-releasing all the Duke Ellington Treasury Show albums on CD. These are recordings of broadcasts made for the US Treasury Department from 1945 to 1953, to promote the sale of war bonds, often with plugs by Ellington himself, a staunch patriot. Volume 25 is ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 24

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The early 1950s were a worrying time for Duke Ellington. Musical tastes were changing and big bands were going out of business. Ellington was nervous. “I like to keep a band so I can write and hear the music next day," he said, “The only way you can do that is to pay the band and ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows - Vol. 21

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This volume of the Duke Ellington Treasury Shows commemorates the death on July 20 1946 of Joe “Tricky Sam" Nanton, one of the founding fathers of the band's early “jungle" sound that helped make its name at the Cotton Club. Nanton was the first musician to die with Ellington and the leader--a highly superstitious man--took it ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: Rotterdam 1969

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Right up to the end Duke Ellington maintained an ability to surprise lesser mortals with his impish wit. In 1969 he visited the White House to celebrate his 70th birthday and kissed President Richard Nixon on the cheek four times. When Nixon asked why four times, Ellington replied, “One for each cheek."

Tricky ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol 20

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What makes this album stand out among the welter of Treasury Show releases is that most of the tracks feature Oscar Pettiford on bass.

Duke Ellington hired many excellent bass players but only two who were great. The first was Jimmy Blanton. In the short time he was with the band--from 1939-1941--he transformed ...

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Volume 19

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In 1946 the uneasy truce between industry and organized labor in the U.S.A which had persisted for the duration of World War Two came to an abrupt end. Coal miners and railroad workers came out on strike and jazz bands were banned by the American Federation of Musicians under its autocratic boss James C. Petrillo from ...

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Volume 18

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As Duke Ellington leads his band into the opening bars of “Take The A Train," a mighty roar goes up from the radio audience. The moment comes four tracks into the first CD of this double Storyville release, after a somewhat shaky start.

With it there's a marvellous feeling of being back in ...

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Duke Ellington And His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows Vol. 17

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Don Lowe's exultant cry, “Here he is, and in person, the Duke himself!" kicks off the 17th of the Duke Ellington Treasury Show radio broadcasts, part of a massive reissue project by the Danish Storyville label.

Anxious to show how hip, perhaps even hep, he is, the American Broadcasting Corporation announcer goes on ...

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Highlights from the Centennial Edition

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A three–disc Ellington hors d’oeuvre, assembled to whet one’s appetite for the main course, a comprehensive 24–volume boxed set entitled The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, 1927–1973, honoring the memory of the maestro in the hundredth year since his birth. As we mentioned last month, the set includes a complete discography, personnel ...