March 16, 2018

Duke Ellington - The Smithsonian Collection: Duke Ellington 1939

1. I'm Slappin' Seventh Avenue (With The Sole Of My Shoe) (D. Ellington - H. Nemo - I. Mills) (2:37)
2. Old King Dooji (D. Ellington) (2:32)
3. Informal Blues (D. Ellington) (2:54)
4. Pussy Willow (D. Ellington) (2:40)
5. Subtle Lament (D. Ellington) (3:14)
6. Subtle Lament (D. Ellington) (3:02)
7. Lady in Blue (D. Ellington) (2:54)
8. Smorgasbord and Schnapps (D. Ellington - R. Stewart - B. Fleagle) (2:42)
1. Finesse (D. Ellington - I. Gordon - I. Mills) (2:44)
2. Portrait of the Lion (D. Ellington) (2:27)
3. Solid Old Man (D. Ellington - R. Stewart) (2:41)
4. Cotton Club Stomp (D. Ellington - J. Hodges - H. Carney) (2:51)
5. Doin' the Voom Voom (D. Ellington) (2:41)
6. Way Low (D. Ellington) (3:27)
7. Serenade to Sweden (D. Ellington) (3:21)
8. Barney Goin' Easy (B. Strayhorn - D. Ellington) (2:54)
1. I'm Checkin' Out, Go'om Bye (B. Strayhorn - D. Ellington) (2:27)
2. A Lonely Co-ed (D. Ellington) (3:17)
3. Bouncing Buoyancy (D. Ellington) (2:42)
4. The Sergeant Was Shy (D. Ellington) (2:42)
5. Grieven' (B. Strayhorn - D. Ellington) (3:36)
6. Little Posey (D. Ellington) (2:40)
7. I Never Felt This Way Before (D. Ellington) (2:58)
8. Grievin' (B. Strayhorn - D. Ellington) (2:50)
1. Tootin' Through the Roof (D. Ellington) (2:54)
2. Tootin' Through the Roof (D. Ellington) (2:53)
3. Weely (D. Ellington) (2:57)
4. Killin' Myself (D. Ellington) (2:26)
5. Country Gal (D. Ellington) (2:55)
6. Blues (D. Ellington) (2:55)
7. Plucked Again (D. Ellington) (3:01)
8. Sophisticated Lady (D. Ellington - M. Parish - I. Mills) (2:46)

Smithsonian P-14274

LP 1
LP 2

March 9, 2018

Duke Ellington ‎- Duke Ellington And The Ellingtonians

A1. Cat Walk
A2. Moonlight Fiesta
A3. Moonlight Fiesta
A4. She
A5. The Happening
A6. Swamp Drums
A7. Sultry Experience
B1. Indian Summer
B2. Britt And Butter Blues
B3. Caravan
B4. Alternate
B5. Hoppin' John
B6. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
B7. The New Piano Roll Blues
C1. Perdido
C2. Take The A Train
C3. Oscalypso
C4. Blues For Blanton
C5. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
C6. Make No Mistake
C7. In A Blue Summer Garden
D1. Cotton Tail
D2. Flamingo
D3. Bang Up Blues
D4. C Jam Blues
D5. Tonk
D6. Johnny Come Lately
D7. Great Times

Trumpet – Cat Anderson, Red Rodney (tracks: B4 to B6)
Trombone – Juan Tizol (tracks: A1 to B3)
Tenor Saxophone – Paul Gonzalves
Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges (tracks: B4 to B6), Willie Smith (2) (tracks: A1 to B3)
Baritone Saxophone – Harry Carney (tracks: B4 to B6)
Organ – Wild Bill Davis (tracks: C1 to C4)
Guitar – John Collins (2) (tracks: C1 to C4)
Piano – Billy Strayhorn (tracks: A1 to B2, B7, C5 to C6), Duke Ellington
Cello – Oscar Pettiford (tracks: B7)
Bass – Joe Shulman (tracks: D1 to D7), Lloyd Trotman (2) (tracks: B7), Wendell Marshall (tracks: A1 to B6, C5 to C6)
Drums – Joe Jones (tracks: B7 to C4), Louis Bellson (tracks: A1 to B6), Max Roach (tracks: B4 to B6)

Notes: This is a double album of offhand Ellingtonians - not Duke's big band, but special sessions recorded for his own label. Some are musical experiments, like the session with bassist Oscar Pettiford, where Pettiford switches to his seldom-heard 'cello, the two sides with Wild Bill Davis, a breakthrough for the organ in small-group jazz, and the Duke-Billy Strayhorn duets, which both pianists clearly got a big kick out of. There are also track of groups outside the Ducal mainstream, free-blowing sessions for musicians like Willie Smith, Paul Gonzalves, Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Britt Woodman. Despite their limited size, they sound at times like the full Ellington band. A tasty, varied menu for Ellington fans.

Vogue DP. 19; Vogue ‎400019; Vogue ‎ALBUM 125 S; Marfer ALBUM 125 S; Cetra ‎DPU 63

LP 1
LP 2
LP Scans

March 5, 2018

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra & Johnny Hodges - Goodyear Jazz Concert & Ellingtonia

1. Take the A Train (B. Strayhorn) (3:04)
2. Satin Doll (D. Ellington - B. Strayhorn - J. Mercer) (3:23)
3. Blow by Blow (D. Ellington) (4:28)
4. V.I.P.'s Boogie / Jam With Sam (D. Ellington) (6:34)
5. Kinda Dukish (D. Ellington) (3:42)
6. Things Ain't What They Used to Be (M. Ellington - T. Persons) (2:46)
7. The Good Years of Jazz (D. Ellington) (1:25)
8. Good Queen Bess (J. Hodges) (3:38)
9. Jeep's Blues (D. Ellington - J. Hodges) (2:36)
10. Dooji Wooji (D. Ellington) (4:06)
11. The Jeep is Jumpin' (D. Ellington - J. Hodges) (5:57)

Cat Anderson (trumpet), Shorty Baker, Bill Berry, Ed Mullens (trumpet 1-7)
Ray Nance (cornet, violin 1-7)
Lawrence Brown (trombone), Leon Cox (trombone 1-7), Chuck Connors (bass trombone 1-7)
Paul Gonsalves (tenor saxophone)
Johnny Hodges (alto saxophone)
Harry Carney (baritone saxophone 1-7)
Russell Procope (clarinet; alto saxophone 1-7)
Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone 1-7)
Duke Ellington (piano 1-7), Victor Feldman (piano 8-11)
Aaron Bell (bass 1-7), Buddy Catlett (bass 8-11)
Sam Woodyard (drums)

Tracks 1-7 recorded in New York City, January 9, 1962.
Tracks 8-11 (Ellingtonia! - Onyx ORI 216) recorded in New York City, August 27, 1964.

PGP RTB 2221462; Soryville SLP 1006; Storyville STCD 410; Goodyear 106657-L

February 23, 2018

Nicra - Listen / Hear

African Force ‎- Palanquin's Pole (LP)

A1. GoDo (F. A. Mensah) (5:03)
A2. Brain Damage (G. Baker) (5:18)
A3. Ansumania (A. Bangoura) (4:51)
A4. The Palanquin's Pole (traditional; lyrics A. Acquah) (9:39)
B1. Abyssinia / 1.2.7. (A. Acquah) (5:57)
B2. Ginger's Solo (G. Baker) (9:29)
B3. Want Come? Go! (T. A. Dyani) (6:12)

Ampofo Acquah (percussion, guitar, vocal)
Ginger Baker (drums)
Ansoumana Bangoura (percussion)
Thomas Akuru Dyani (percussion, congas)
(Francis) Kwaku A. Mensah (percussion, vocal)

Recorded live by Radio Bremen at the Schauburg, May 4, 1987.

ITM Records ‎ITM 0033; ITM Records ‎ITM 1433

Gene Krupa ‎- The Driving Gene Krupa (LP)

A1. Second Helping Blues (C. Shavers) (5:11)
A2. Bloozy Woozy (C. Shavers) (2:39)
A3. Meddle My Minor (C. Shavers) (3:05)
A4. Windy (C. Shavers) (3:48)
The Ballad Medley (11:40)
B1-1. Dancing In The Dark (H. Dietz - A. Schwartz)
B1-2. The Nearness Of You (H. Carmichael - N. Washington)
B1-3. You Are Too Beautiful (R. Rodgers - L. Hart)
B1-4. Tenderly (W. Gross - J. Lawrence)
B1-5. Autumn In New York (V. Duke)
B2. Who's Rythm (C. Shavers) (3:56)

Charlie Shavers (trumpet)
Bill Harris (trombone)
Eddie Lockjaw Davis (tenor saxophone)
Teddy Napoleon or(?) Teddy Wilson (piano)
Ray Brown (bass)
Gene Krupa (drums)

Recorded in New York City, November 12, 1953. or February 2, 1954.

Verve 2332 096; Verve MGV 8107; Verve V3HB 8847; Clef Records ‎MG-C-728; Clef MGC 631; Clef 89119, 89119x45

February 8, 2018

Damir Dičić - Moonglow Serenade (croatian jazz)