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Never No Lament the Blanton-Webster Band [Box set]

Duke EllingtonAudio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. You, You Darlin' (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jack The Bear (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ko-Ko (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Morning Glory (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. So Far, So Good (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:51$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Conga Brava (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concerto for Cootie (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra;Cootie Williams 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Me and You (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Cotton Tail (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Never No Lament (Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Dusk (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bojangles (Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. A Portrait of Bert Williams (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:07$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Blue Goose (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Harlem Air-ShaftDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. At a Dixie Roadside Diner (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. All Too Soon (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Rumpus in Richmond (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. My Greatest Mistake (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Sepia Panorama (Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. There Shall Be No NightDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. In a Mellotone (Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Five O'Clock Whistle (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. The Flaming Sword (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Warm Valley (1999 Remastered - Take 3)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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listen  1. Across the Track Blues (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Chloe (Song of the Swamp) (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I Never Felt This Way Before (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:30$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Sidewalks of New York (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Flamingo (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Girl in My Dreams Tries to Look Like You (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Take the "A" TrainDuke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Jumpin' Punkins (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. John Hardy's Wife (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Blue Serge (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. After All (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bakiff (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:23$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Are You Stickin'? (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin' (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Giddybug Gallop (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:30$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen16. Pitter Panther Patter (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington;Jimmie Blanton 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Body and Soul (1999 Remastered - Take 3)Duke Ellington;Jimmie Blanton 3:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Sophisticated Lady (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington;Jimmie Blanton 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mr. J.B. Blues (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Ko-Ko (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Bojangles (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Sepia Panorama (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Jumpin' Punkins (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Jump for Joy (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Chocolate Shake (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good) (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Clementine (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Brownskin Gal (in the Calico Gown) (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:08$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Jump For Joy (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Moon Over Cuba (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Five O'Clock Drag (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rocks In My Bed (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bli-Blip (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Raincheck (1999 Remasterd)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. What Good Would It Do? (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Don't Know What Kind of Blues I Got (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:14$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Chelsea Bridge (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra;Billy Strayhorn 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Perdido (Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The "C" Jam Blues (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Moon Mist (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. What Am I Here For? (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. I Don't Mind (1999 Remastered - Take 2)Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra;Ivie Anderson 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Someone (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:07$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen20. My Little Brown Book (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Main Stem (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Johnny Come Lately (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Hayfoot, Strawfoot (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra;Ivie Anderson 2:33$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen24. Sentimental Lady (1999 Remastered - Take 1)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship) (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Sherman Shuffle (1999 Remastered)Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00008J2IX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 75-track, three-CD set from Duke Ellington's RCA dates from 1940 to 1942, was culled from the massive, 1999 Bluebird mega-set. It's named for bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster. Blanton's astonishing technique made him one of the greatest bass players of all time, and Webster's warm, raw-boned tenor tones inspired future saxophonists. Along with the famous Ellingtonians, alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, trumpeter Cootie Williams, violinist Ray Nance, and trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton, the addition of Blanton and Webster, along with the arrival of composer/arranger/pianist Billy Strayhorn, make this aggregation Ellington's first "superband."

All the vivid and varied dimensions of Ellingtonia are included in this digitally remastered set, with songs written by his son, Mercer. There's Ellington's silky blues numbers such as "Jack the Bear" and "C-Jam Blues." The Puerto Rican valve trombonist Juan Tizol's "Conga Brava," "Moon Over Cuba," and "Bakiff" contribute Latin and Middle Eastern colors. "Harlem Airshaft" and "Sepia Panorama" are but two examples of Ellington's tonal portraits. The legendary Ellington/Blanton duets, with the bouncy "Pitter Panther Patter" and the emotive "Sophisticated Lady" still sound modern. Webster's surging, pre-bop solos drive the George Gershwin-based "Cottontail," and soulfully signature Strayhorn's ballad "Chelsea Bridge." This set also marks the introduction of other Strayhorn's classics, including "Take the 'A' Train" and "Johnny Come Lately." All told, these World War II-era sides are essential for the Ellington canon. Eugene Holley, Jr.

Product Description

Jimmie Blanton, Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams the 1940-1942 Ellington Orchestra might just be the best big band ever. Using masters from the Grammy-winning Duke Ellington Centennial Edition , this set collects that band's masterpieces- Take the "A" Train; Cotton Tail; Warm Valley; I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good; Sophisticated Lady; Chelsea Bridge; Perdido , et al.-plus Blanton/Ellington duets and selected alternate takes. Best-ever sound quality, too!

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reissue! April 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is some of Ellington's most important music and it has finally been properly reissued. Contrary to what the previous review says, this is the best sound quality imaginable for these recordings:; clear, crisp and clean...unlike the previous reissues of this set. Maybe he needs to check his equipment, because from my stereo this sounds like Duke and his boys are playing in my living room. Yes, there is some high end buzz at times, but it is not bothersome and it is necessary to glean out the wide dynamic range. I have seriously been waiting for these recordings to be reissued in this manner for a few years (not being able to outright afford the mammoth 30 disc box set from which these remasters were taken from) and I am so overjoyed by it as it lives up to my every expectation. If you have these recordings in another form, this is well worth the reinvestment. If you are new to Ellington's recordings, then this is exactly where to start to understand why this man was, without a doubt, the greatest American composer ever. If Louis was jazz's greatest voice, Duke is jazz, and America's, greatest writer.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Music, Beautifully Restored July 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These selections are widely recognized as among the most important recordings in the history of jazz, and rightly so. Included are the definitive versions of many of Ellington's (and his associates') most inspired compositions, performed by one of the greatest bands ever assembled. The musicianship is superb throughout, with absolutely stunning solo and ensemble work on track after track, particularly on the instrumental selections that make up the bulk of the set.

To my ears, the sound quality is astonishingly good. I've been listening to this material on various other compilations (Bluebird's "Blanton-Webster Band," the relevant volumes in the Melodie Jazz Classic label's "Chronological Classics" series, an RCA "Jazz Tribune" set, etc.) for years, and I'm amazed at how much better this issue sounds than any of those. It's true that there's a bit of surface noise, but as one other reviewer has already noted, the problem with noise reduction is that when it's used to excess (as on the Bluebird set, for example), it strips away a lot of the music along with the noise. Here, where the remastering has been done much more judiciously, the improved clarity, detail, presence, and tonal range more than compensate for the slight increase in extraneous background noise. The result is, to my ears, a stunning improvement in overall sound quality.

This is an extremely well-produced reissue that belongs in the collection of anyone with an interest in Ellington, or in big-band jazz in general.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Docked One Star for Shoddy Packaging July 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I won't echo what's been said about how great this stuff is- it's just great, some of the best jazz ever recorded. That said, I can't easily abide by music of this caliber being packaged in a cheap, flimsy cardboard contraption that doesn't even list all the tracks on the back. Just taking a disc out to listen to it is an exercise in delicacy and restraint, lest you accidentally tear the thing apart.

Still, this is worth purchasing if you're an Ellington fan. I haven't heard the 1980's CD release of this collection, but I had a Glenn Miller one from the same era and label, and the music sounded like it had been filed down with sandpaper- no body, no depth. The distortion on some of disc one's tunes in this set is annoying, but the rest of it sounds great. The exceptions are probably due to poor source recordings, so what can you do? I'd much prefer a few crackles than hear music that's been compressed down to nothing.

In short, I'd say this is worth the money, but look for it used first. I'm sure Bluebird will be reissuing it for a third time in the not-too-distant future, so why pay full price now?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sound... April 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
First, thanks to those who have shared their thoughts on the sound quality of this set in reviews and/or review comments. I've had the set for about 5 days now and would like to add what I can. Disclaimer: I'm no audio engineer and a couple others here seem far more knowledgable in all this than I am.

1. The distortion many are complaining about, especially on Jack the Bear, was present on the early Blanton-Webster set as well. I've had the privilege of direct comparisons between a few songs. The difference is, on the old set it was buried under layers of sucked out frequencies and No-Noise and therefore less noticeable but at GREAT expense to the music. (A lot of folks here know how abysmal the old set sounds.) So, I very much agree with reviewer Comic Online that the source of the distortion/harshness in this set is not a result of the remastering, but a result of the condition of the actual masters, be them damaged or what have you.

2. The sound on this set really is AMAZING. The music is alive, the air is open, the dynamics are powerful. I also want to acknowledge the quality of bass on this release. It's powerful and tight. This remastering does Blanton a true service. Yes, the occasional distortion and harshness in the high frequencies in this set is a shame and it may take you some of the first day of listening to adjust, but given what the context seems to be, it's either that or the kind of sound on the old Blanton-Webster set.

3. I disagree that the sound "gets better" on discs 2 and 3. I find nothing wrong with the sound to begin with and hear no discernable differences as the set plays on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars very bad purchase, no booklet inside the CD
very bad purchase , no booklet inside the CD box
Published 2 months ago by PHILIPPE MASOUY
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST Blanton Webster Collection
The transfers and remastering are the best. How they got these when RCA could noty, is beyond me. Some are from lacquer. This blows away every other Blanton/Webster Collection.
Published 4 months ago by D. Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this one or the previous edition, but be sure to get one (CDs are...
I thought I would save myself the trouble of going to my CD set for Billy Strayhorn's brilliant, innovative arrangement of "Flamingo," featuring a perfectly balanced Herb Jeffries'... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Samuel Chell
5.0 out of 5 stars A World Class 3-CD Set On Ellington's Crowning Achievement!
Just as RCA Victor and the rest of the music world had celebrated Duke Ellington's
100th Birthday Centennial in 1999, they were glad enough to put out this first class... Read more
Published 11 months ago by RH
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Ellington line-up ever
This album is a treat for Ellington fans because it captures what many of us consider to be his 'golden era'. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mike Tarrani
5.0 out of 5 stars Duke Ellington....Never No Lament
The music is just as advertised.........great jazz......the sound clarity is excellent.........I recommend it for all followers of jazz, whether longtime fans or those trying to... Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by Thomas E. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the Best Issue of These Masterpieces
I enjoy most anything Duke has ever released, from his earlier band from the 30's (quite underrated) up to the 1956 Newport concert and the Great Summit meeting with Louis and so... Read more
Published on February 20, 2010 by J. Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for music, four for sound
I must agree with the reviewers here who find this remaster to be somewhat shrill. Yes, you don't want to strip away the top end while de-noising these old recordings, but at the... Read more
Published on November 22, 2009 by K. Swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Ellington for Jazz Fans
I won't waste space here explaining how great this music is and why it's, in my opinion, essential for all jazz collections. Read more
Published on August 10, 2009 by Tom Croft
5.0 out of 5 stars What is the problem?
I recently bought this off Amazon. I too have the original Blanton Webster band CD for some years. I do not propose to say haw wonerful this mudi is as it is self evident . Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by Tudor J. Harris
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