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Disc: 1
1. Ring Dem Bells
2. Jumpin' Punkins
3. Beale Street Blues
4. Memphis Blues
5. The Golden Feather
6. The Air-Conditioned Jungle
7. A Very Unbooted Character
8. Sultry Sunset
9. The Deep South Suite: Magnolias Just Dripping With Molasses
10. The Deep South Suite: Hearsay
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Disc: 2
1. Star Spangled Banner
2. In a Mellotone
3. Solid Old Man
4. Come Sunday, Work Song
5. Rugged Romeo
6. Circe
7. Dancers in Love
8. Coloratura
9. Frankie & Johnny
10. Caravan
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B002BZOVHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Ferris on March 1, 2010
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This CD contains two separate concerts recorded at the Chicago Civic Opera on Jan.20 and Nov.10, 1946. During this period, Duke Ellington was primarily focused on creating and performing extended musical arrangements. He still maintained a touring schedule to support the orchestra but his artistic interest rested with concert hall performances. Prime examples, were the Carnegie Hall concerts conducted annually from 1943 through 1947. Among Ellington aficionados, these recorded concerts are greatly prized as Duke's musical journey into more serious jazz compositions. Listening to the Carnegie Hall concerts is a mixed blessing of "what was" and "what could have been". On one hand, the combination of Ellington standards with the newly created extended suites is inspiring but the sound quality leaves much to be desired. Criticism has also been leveled at the extended introductions to each composition and the lengthy audience applause following each number. Regardless of the perceived shortcomings, these albums/CDs were treasured as the only live recordings representing Ellington's 40s era concert presentations.
Now, with the release of the Great Concert at the Chicago Civic Opera, listeners have a representation of the 40s concerts presented in a greatly enhanced audio experience. The sound quality is superior to any live Ellington recording of this period. The credit for this belongs to John Steiner's use of overhead mics to record the concert. Also deserving recognition is Larry Appelbaum for remastering the original acetate recordings. Further enhancements have been achieved by editing out the spoken word introductions and by modifying the audience applause.
Combined, the two concerts extend to 140.55 minutes and comprise 36 compositions.
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which I purchased several years ago. I'm thankful that we have the one complete performance of "Deep South Suite" on record, but to my limited ear the superiority of these to the Carnegie Hall recordings is overstated. My guess is that, despite John Steiner's reputation as an engineer-businessman, the Chicago Opera House gave him little opportunity for preliminary sound checks--or perhaps Duke's men couldn't be bothered. The opening "Ring Dem Bells" is way out of balance, and despite what seems like the engineer's scurrying hither and thither, it's not until Carney's feature on "The Golden Feather" that the soloist is in place--and then Jimmy Hamilton all but leaves the building on "The Air-Conditioned Jungle."

"Magnolias Just Dripping with Molasses," which opens "The Deep South Suite", sounds as if it were thrown together an hour before curtain time. If Duke had subsequently scrapped what was played and applied the title to what Johnny Hodges performed as "Sultry Sunset," to be followed by the magnificent "Hearsay," "There Was Nobody Looking" and "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," I believe we'd be hearing the Suite as repertoire.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William W. Duncan on February 1, 2010
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At that time I was in high school and college "Swing" was the rage as was dancing. Duke Ellington did not get the noteriety of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw because of Color at that time. It was a pleasure to get this CD and compare it with the other Swing bands of the time. The Duke was great as this CD proves.
Bill Duncan
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