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DR Ellington broadcasts 25

The third  ”goodie” in June is program 25 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

 

The program was broadcasted on July 12, 1985 and the announcer is Bjarne Busk.

Ellington’s My People is the focus of the broadcast. Busk gives the listerners 11 selections from the musical recorded either on August 20, 1963 or August 21 and August 27 plus a short interview with Mercer Ellington about ”My People”.

The program starts with a ”Piano Blues Ouverture”. It is the non-vocal version of ”Jail Blues” which is not included in the program.

Next comes ”Blues at Sundown”, a long-term feature for Jimmy Grissom.

Joya Sherrill sung ”My Heritage (aka My Mother, My Father and Love)” in the original performance of the musical. Bjarne Busk let us hear it in the broadcast (including the narration) but also a short retake of the ending of the song.

Then follows an incomplete take (-1) ”King” (”aka King Fit The Battle Of Alabam) and the full take-2 of the piece. In the show it was apparently preceeded by a slower version of the same song. The latter is unfortunately not included in the broadcast but available on CD.

The broadcast continues with a rendition of ”The Blues Ain’t” sung by Lee Greenwood. In the show this song was performed by Joya Sherrill just before ”Blues At Sundown”.

A non-complete version of ”Walking And Singin’ The Blues” sung by Lee Greenwood comes next.

Following a short interview with Mercer Ellington, the broadcast ends with ”Strange Feeling” from ”Perfume Suite”sung by Jimmy Grissom and ”After Bird Jungle” with Rudy Powell as clarinet soloist.

From a discographical point of view, it is not easy to decode the broadcast but it seems to be a fair presumption that the dates and takes of the different songs are basically identical to what is included in the Storyville issue of the complete show (Storyville 1018430).

 

 

 

 

DR Ellington Broadcasts 24

The second  ”goodie” in May is program 24 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

 

The program was broadcasted on July 5, 1985 and Ib Skovgard is the announcer also in this broadcast.

It is a broadcast similar in format to the one heard on June 28, 1985 – a mixture of excerpts from live concerts and snippets of interviews with Ellington.

It has three more selections from the Munich 1958 concert, which was featured also in broadcast 23. This time ”Jeep’s Blues”, part of the ”Medley” and ”Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” are heard.

The program also includes ”Take The ”A” Train” (nc) from the 1973 concert in Malmö and two stockpile recordings – ”Riba” (take -19) from March 10, 1970 and ”Kinda Dukish-Rockin’ in Rhythm” from April 3, 1969.

The interview snippets are from March 1962 (Los Angeles), March 17, 1970 (Toronto), January, 1972 (Japan) and one possibly from England i January 1970.

In the interview in Japan, Ellington demonstrates a rare outburst irritation when he was asked what he considered a political questions and he did not want to answer these kind of questions.

The interview in Los Angeles is a joint interview with Billy Strayhorn, in which they play ”Take The ”A” Train” together on one piano.

 

 

 

 

Danish Radio Ellington Broadcasts (23)

The fourth ”goodie” for March is program 23 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

 

The program was broadcasted on June 28, 1985 and the announcer this time is Ib Skovgaard

It is a broadcast with excerpts from three live concerts – one in 1958 and two in 1970. In between the music, there are interview snippets with both Duke and Mercer Ellington.

The program starts with ”Take The ‘A’ Train” from Ellington’s concert in Munich in Germany on Nov. 14, 1958. Other selections from this concert – ”Black and Tan Fantasy/Creole Love Call/The Mooche”, ”Newport Up” and ”Sophisticated Lady” – are played later in the program. Together they form the opening part of the Munich concert.

Then follows another excerpt from the Danish Radio interviews with Mercer Ellington in 1984. This time he talks about why he decided to make the donation to Danish Radio.

The third part of the program is excerpts from the interview of Duke Ellington, which Ted O’Reilly did for the Canadian public radio station CKPC on March 17, 1970.

 

 

 

 

DR Ellington Broadcasts (22)

The second ”goodie” for March is program 22 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

 

The program was broadcasted on June 21, 1985 and the announcer is once again Bjarne Busk

The program brings the listeners some good sessions from mid-1967 and early 1956. However, it starts with a selection from June 6, 1962. It is the next to last performance of H’ya Sue in Ellington’s discography. Three takes were recorded that day and in the broadcast the second take is played. A month later (or July 8 to be exact), Ellington played it for the last time. It was at the 1962 edition of the the Newport Jazz Festival.

Next, Bjarne Busk turns to the ”stockpile” recording session of July 11, 1967 and features the four songs recorded on this occasion – Rondolet, Mich (or Acht O’Clock Rock), Lady and Lele. It is really a ”rock” session”, as Busk says in the program.

After this, the broadcast continues with what is often called ”The Pentape Session” on March 18, 1956. Busk plays two of the songs – Where’s the Music and Play the Blues and Go Home – recorded by a small group from the the band on that day .

The website wrote about the ”Pentape Session” session on June 16 last year (https://ellington.se/2016/06/16/pentape-originals/).

The program ends with two selections from the ”stockpile session” of January 3, 1956. First, Willie Cook solos in Tea for Two in a way quite similar to what he played at the Newport Jazz Festival half a year later.

Then comes a 11 minute long untitled blues, which ends the program. It is called ”Long Time Blues” in the discographies.

 

 

 

DR Ellington Broadcasts (21)

The third ”goodie” for January is program 21 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

The program was broadcasted on June 14, 1985 and the announcer is Bjarne Busk

The program is focused on ”stockpile” recordings. It starts with a selection from one in February 1957.

It is a little bit unusual since Ellington added a choir to the band in some of the tunes recorded. We hear ”Take The ‘A’ Train” and ”Perdido” in this format. Paul Gonsalves was quite featured in this recording session and the broadcasts let us hear an unusual version of ”Moon Mist” with Gonsalves as soloist.

The broadcast then continues with the ”stockpile” session, from March 19, 1956. Selections from this session have been included in earlier broadcasts. This time we hear ”Miss Lucy” and ”Prelude To A Kiss” with the full band with solos by Ray Nance and Johnny Hodges respectively.

Next, the broadcast moves to the July 18, 1963 ”stockpile” session. Busk has selected an untitled blues for the listeners. In NDESOR and other discographies it is called ”July 18th Blues”.

Finally, the broadcast ends with two selections from the stockpile session of June 6, 1962 – ”Cottontail” with Jimmy Hamilton as soloist and ”Taffy Twist” with Ray Nance and – once again – Jimmy Hamilton soloing.

”Taffy Twist” is a Mercer Ellington composition and in the broadcast he tells how it became included in ”The River” ballet suite. Earlier in the broadcast, Mercer had talked about the relationship between Ellington and Paul Gonsalves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DR Ellington Broadcasts – Program 20

The second ”goodie” for December is program 20 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

The program was broadcasted on June 7, 1985.

The program starts with music recorded for the English theatre play ”The Jay Walker”. After a short excerpt of ”The Queen” and a part of a CBC interview from 1967 in which Ellington tells how he came to write the music for the play, we hear ”Mac” which is the musical charactarization of the main character in the play also called Mac. Ellington later reused this piece in his Second Sacred Concert as ”TGTT”.

The ”The Jay Walker” part of the broadcast ends with ”Policia” (take 1) and an untitled blues which was never used in the play. In the Ellington discographies it appears as Blues no. 16

Next in the program comes stockpile music recorded on the same date (April 14, 1965) as some of the songs for the ”Concert in Virgin Island” album. We hear ”Rod la Roque” (take 4), ”Love Scene” (take 2) and Rhythm Section Blues (aka ”Big Fat Alice’s Blues) (take 1). All three have been issued in the Private Collection series (vol. 8).

The broadcast ends with three selections from the June 15, 1970 stockpile session – ”Hard” (aka ”Mendoza”) (take , ”Ballad” (aka ”Mixt”) (take 24) and ”Just A-Settin’ And A-Rockin'” (take 42). This session also produced some of the movements for ”The River”.

 

 

 

 

DR Ellington Broadcasts – Program 19

The first ”goodie” for November is program 19 in the Duke Ellington series broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The broadcast is available in the ”Goodies” section of the website.

The program was broadcasted on May 31 1985.

It brings the listeners excerpts from two ”stockpile” recording sessions – one on July 25, 1962 and the other on April 4, 1967. All the selections in the program was later issued in the ”Private Sessions” series.

The program starts with three tunes from the 1967 session – ”Eggo”, ”Amta” and ”Little Purple Flower” (aka ”The F.L.”). Eggo is mistakenly announced as ”KIXX” (aka ”Traffic Jam” or ”The Biggest”) but it was recorded just before ”Eggo”.

The 1962 session is the Ellington Orchestra without the trumpet section and in the second part of the session also Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney are out.

This part of the DR broadcast is a gem for fans of Paul Gonsalves. He is the featured soloist in all the numbers. We get the opportunity to hear him demonstrate his skills in different tempi but in particular in slow ones.

First we hear him in a number called ”No. 1” but known in discographies as ”Blue Too”; then comes No. 2 – aka ”Tune Up” which is followed by ”Tigress” and ”Telstar” (aka ”Tigress”).

The broadcast ends with ”Like Late” and three Ellington compositions – ”Major”, ”Minor” and ”G” (aka ”G” for Groove”).

 

 

 

 

 

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