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Ellington DR Broadcasts (34)

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The second ”goodie” in February is program 34 in the Duke Ellington series broadcast by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

This program was broadcasted on October 13, 1985 and presented by Bjarne Busk.

It starts with a snapshot from Ted O’Reilly’s interview of Ellington in Toronto on March 17, 1970 in which Ellington talks about his stockpile of unreleased recording.

Next comes New Concerto For Cootie recorded on September 13, 1962. The day before Cootie Williams had rejoined the Ellington orchestra and recorded Ellington’s welcoming piece for him – Tutti For Cootie.

The broadcast then moves on to the February 1957 stockpile recording session, from which Busk let the listeners hear C-Jam Blues and In A Sentimental Mood with Paul Gonsalves soloing. He shares this role with Clark Terry in ”C Jam Blues”.

After this, Busk features in the program an Ellington’s medley of French songs recorded on February 27, 1962 – My Heart Sings, My Man and No Regrets.

The last two are Edit Piaf songs –  Mon Homme and No Je Ne Regret Rien – and the first one an early 1940’s song Ma Mie written by the team Henri Herpin and Jamblan and first recorded by Jean Sablon.

However, ”My Heart Sings” and ”No Regrets” included in the Midnight In Paris album are from the recording session June 26, 1962.Next in the broadcast is an excerpt of an interview with Ellington in Bristol on February 18, 1964 in which the interviewer Michael Bowen asks him about the Beatles. It is followed up with an unissued take of I Want To Hold Your Hand recorded for the Ellington ’66 album.

Busk then turns to Chromatic Love Affair. He features Ellington demonstrating it at the piano during his masterclass at the University of Cincinnati on April 13, 1966 before giving the listeners a version of the composition recorded in an stockpile session on June 23, 1967.

After this, the broadcast continues with two selections from the August 18, 1966 stockpile session – Mellow Ditty and The Old Circus Train – both later issued on CD. They are followed two selections from another stockpile session – October 5, 1972. He plays Chinoiserie and Ac-Ac. Both are take1 and not issued on LP or CD so far.

The broadcast ends with Tell Me It’s The Truth and Somebody Cares from Third Sacred Concert in Westminster Abbey on October 24, 1973. None of them are included in the issued album from the concert.


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