Take a listen to this:

"The Blues" - Duke Ellington Orch., Marie Ellington (vox), 19 December 1944, Carnegie Hall


I've rarely enjoyed listening to one of my remastered recordings as much as I have this one - it's a real classic and has come up a treat:


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Duke Ellington at Carnegie Hall, 1944


Big band jazz can't really get better than this, can it?

Duke Ellington - leader, piano, arranger
Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Shelton Hemphill - trumpets
Ray Nance - trumpet, violin, vocal
Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones - trombones
Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Otto Hardwicke, Al Sears, Jimmy Hamilton - reeds
Fred Guy - guitar
Junior Raglin - bass
Hillard Brown - drums
Kay Davis, Marie Ellington, Al Hibbler - vocals
Billy Strayhorn - assistant arranger


Disc One
1. Blutopia (4:25)
2. Midriff (4:03)
3. Creole Love Call (6:34)
4. Suddenly It Jumped (2:53)
5. Pitter Panther Patter (3:00)
6. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (3:59)
7. Things Ain't What They Used To Be (5:21)
8. Perfume Suite: Introduction (0:55)
9. Sonata (3:17)
10. Strange Feeling (5:13)
11. Dancers In Love (2:35)
12. Coloratura (3:26)

Disc Two
1. Black, Brown And Beige: Work Song (7:05)
2. Black, Brown And Beige: The Blues (5:29)
3. Black, Brown And Beige: Three Dances (6:33)
4. Black, Brown And Beige: Come Sunday (11:56)
5. The Mood To Be Wooed (4:51)
6. Blue Cellophane (3:18)
7. Blue Skies (Trumpets No End) (3:37)
8. Frankie And Johnny (8:14)

Recorded live at Cernegie Hall, 19th December 1944
Restoration and XR remastering by Andrew Rose, February 2008


Notes on this release:

This excellent recording from mainly clean acetate discs has really opened out thanks to the application of the XR remastering system. I took several modern recordings of music by Ellington as starting reference points with the aim of finding as much authentic fidelity as possible in the older recording. I was also able to deal with the mild surface noise, scratches etc., as well as correcting pitch thanks to the detection of residual 60Hz mains hum in the original - previous issues of this recording ran slightly fast.