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Ellington At Newport 1956

Audio CD | Remastered, Live

4.6 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews

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Due to bad mike placement on stage, the original "live" album was actually a studio re-creation; the actual live performance was never issued-until now. This 2-CD set contains the complete original album and the hour-plus concert . More than 100 minutes of new music, and the whole thing's in stereo for the first time!

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When Duke Ellington took his orchestra to the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956, the band was in need of an uplift, some humongous event that would revitalize its image in the wake of bebop, hard bop, and so many more jazz currents. Ellington got the lift he needed when he called "Diminuendo in Blue" with set-closer "Crescendo in Blue" tacked on the end. Tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves got the nod from Ellington to segue from "Diminuendo" to "Crescendo," and he blew doors. With one rousing 27-chorus solo, Gonsalves blew a fever into the crowd and jump-started Ellingtonia for another generation. Trouble with all this is that the living document of the Newport show is almost fully manufactured, recorded in a studio with crowd madness dubbed in. So this two-CD historical correction is an awesome addition to the centennial-era reissues on Columbia (including Anatomy of a Murder, Such Sweet Thunder, First Time: Count Meets the Duke, and Black, Brown and Beige). The producers revisited the Newport gig after four decades because they discovered an extant Voice of America tape--the one whose microphone Gonsalves blew his solo into, and the VOA tape catches the whole Newport set in its organic glory. Alternately tender with layers of brushstroke orchestration and blazing with the band's well-seasoned tightness, this new Newport is one for the generalist and the Ellington completist. It's got the revived original gig as well as the original commercial release. And they make great siblings, illustrative of the live-event charm and the music industry's dogged labors in reinventing it on record. --Andrew Bartlett

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Star Spangled Banner
  2. Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke & The Orchestra / Duke Introduces Tune & Anderson, Jackson, & Procope
  3. Black and Tan Fantasy
  4. Duke Introduces Cook & Tune
  5. Tea for Two
  6. Duke & Band Leave Stage / Father Norman O'Connor Talks About the Festival
  7. Take the "A" Train
  8. Duke Announces Strayhorn's A Train & Nance Duke Introduces Festival Suite, Pt. I & Hamilton
  9. Pt. I-Festival Junction
  10. Duke Announces Soloists / Introduces Pt. II
  11. Pt. II-Blues to Be There
  12. Duke Announces Nance & Procope / Introduces Pt. III
  13. Pt. III-Newport Up
  14. Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves, & Terry / Duke Introduces Carney & Tune
  15. Sophisticated Lady
  16. Duke Announces Grissom & Tune
  17. Day In, Day Out
  18. Duke Introduce Tune(s) and Paul Gonsalves Interludes
  19. Diminuendo In Blue
  20. Announcements, Pandemonium
  21. Pause Track - Miles Davis

Disc: 2

  1. Duke Introduces Johnny Hodges
  2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  3. Jeep's Blues
  4. Duke Calms Crowd, Introduces Nance & Tune
  5. Tulip or Turnip
  6. Riot Prevention
  7. Skin Deep
  8. Mood Indigo
  9. Studio Concert
  10. Father Norman O'Connor Introduces Duke Ellington / Duke Introduces New Work, Pt. I, & Hamilton
  11. Pt. I-Festival Junction
  12. Duke Announces Soloists / Introduces Pt. II
  13. Pt. II-Blues to Be There
  14. Duke Announces Nance & Procope / Introduces Pt. III
  15. Pt. III-Newport Up
  16. Duke Announces Hamilton, Gonsalves, & Terry / Duke Introduces Johnny Hodges
  17. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  18. Jeep's Blues
  19. Pause Track


Product details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: May 11, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000IMYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 142 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,366 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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