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Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson (2 CD Set) [Import]

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000056EV9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #688,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Two CD Compilation (Covering the 30's and Early 40's) featuring One of the Most Famous Vocalists Duke Ellington Ever Had Fronting his Band. Soloists Featured Are: Johnny Hodges (Alto Saxophone), Rex Stewart (Trumpet), Barney Bigard (Clarinet), Cootie Williams (Trumpet), Harry Carney (Baritone Saxophone) and Ben Webster (Tenor Saxophone). Includes Such Classic Ellington Standards As: 'it Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got that Swing), 'all God's Chillun Got Rhythm', 'solitude' and 'mood Indigo'.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Whether your love is for older forms of Jazz, honky tonk
show tunes, or just a rollicking good time with the baddest
Big Band around, featuring some of the sweetest, gutsiest
singing you'll ever hear, DUKE ELLINGTON PRESENTS IVIE
ANDERSON is one wonderful must-have! This 2-disc set is
a deluxe travelogue of the Ellington orchestra focusing
upon dynamic cover performances and key formative work
for Columbia from 1932 to 1940.
With bands whose basswork runs from the stomping slap
of Wellman Braud to the consummate breakthrough dance
of Jimmy Blanton, you are witness -front and center-
to the science and sorcery which changed the listening
of the world, forever. A special treat is how many
showtunes by the likes of Harold Arlen (Anderson's
show-stopping rendition of "Stormy Weather", for
instance!) find their way alongside forgotten
chestnuts ("All God's Chillun Got Rhythm",
"Shoeshine Boy", "Rose Of The Rio Grande",
"In A Mizz") and Ellington originals, known
and unknown.

Make no mistake, though, on who is the focus of this
collection. Frequently dismissed or taken for granted
by more recent Jazz critics as being way too plain,
the point missed is that her plain-spoken stylistic
is at the heart of why Anderson is so unique. Those
disappointed that Anderson wasn't Ella Fitzgerald or
Sarah Vaughan show their own lack of perspective,
forgetting that singers like Anderson set the stage
(Along with Mr. Armstrong, of course!) for the
astounding scatologists and sweet bird-callers
to come.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this review 20 stars, I would... March 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
...because this is some of the best swing music ever recorded. Duke Ellington's greatest vocalist in the 1930s and early '40s, Anderson found her career cut short by chronic asthma. Fortunately she recorded all these incredible tunes first. Ivie blows all her competitors away... Trust me, this is a record to get with no questions asked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Very First Time March 24, 2008
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I remember very well the very first time I heard Ivie Anderson sing. It was on a radio boradcast on the Voice of America, back in the mid-70s. The tune was Rose of the Rio Grande. I couldn't believe my ears as I'd never heard anyone sing like that before. I was completely amazed at the time and still am today. I don't want to say that his was a life-changing moment, but it was close. I got the forerunner of this set on LP back then and fell in love with her singing. Ivie, like Duke himself, was Beyond Category.

Forty years have passed and the focus of my jazz collection has shifted from Glenn Miller to Django Reinhardt to Duke Ellington and now I have all of her recordings (and a whole lot more of Ellington's)thanks to the French Classics label. I wish someone would put all her stuff into a special series like this one but fully complete with all of her recordings no matter what label or who she was singing with at the time.

And forty years later my original judgement of her still stands. I still haven't heard anyone sing like that or nearly as good. Ivie was, and still is, the best ever. Don't miss this CD set unless you already have all of the Duke Ellington CD's on the Classics label from 1932 to 1942. Even then, it still may be worth having this set so you can enjoy nonstop Ivie for a while.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS, BUT FOR THE SHORT MEASURE September 9, 2007
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This 2-CD set from CBS comprises 32 tracks, recorded between 1932 and 1940, at which point Duke switched from Columbia to Victor. It's not unreasonable to suppose that it might be complete, although it doesn't claim to be - and it isn't. Missing tracks include Dinah, I've Got The World On A String, Ebony Rhapsody, Troubled Waters, and My Old Flame, and that's only looking as far as the end of 1934. Two of those missing titles can be found on the Living Era CD reviewed elsewhere. Which begs the question, if an independent label can source such material why not the parent company?

I'd really like to have given this the full 5-star accolade, because sound quality is excellent, and I'm disappointed that the contents fall short of what could have been achieved. The product itself is a bit of a mystery, because the track display comes up in Japanese script (Sony?) and some of the print in the liner note (which includes the lyrics) is so miniscule you'll need a magnifying glass to decipher it.
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