Sophisticated Lady, Caravan, The Mooche, VIP's Boogie, Solitude, Mood Indigo, The Hawk Talks, I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
Bli-Blip, Flamingo, Cottontail, C Jam Blues (Hot Chocolate).
This 2 DVD set, the latest addition to the Norman Granz collection, brings together two of the greatest names in jazz.
The first DVD sees Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in 1966, performing live in the south of France at the Cote d'Azur, with Ella Fitzgerald as his special guest.
The second DVD contains previously unseen footage of Duke in one of his last ever live performances in 1973.
Duke Ellington / Bobby Hackett / Mike Bryan
In the early 1960s, the Goodyear Tire Company commissioned short jazz films. It was part promotional device, part good will gesture. The programs were originally filmed on 35mm negative. The sound was recorded in professional stereo. The films have been restored. See the gorgeous details and hear the excellent sound that was captured in the early 60s. These films now stand as some of the most technically advanced of jazz films, featuring some irreplaceable music. Included 1962 performances by Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, The Mike Bryan Sextet, and The Bobby Hackett Sextet.
Black And Tan (1929), Symphony in Black (1935 - featuring the famous sequence with Billie Holiday), plus assorted different musical sequences from other motion pictures, including the three scenes starring Mae West in the 1934 movie Belle
of the Nineties.
Duke Ellington's fifty year career was full of accomplishments as a highly
original pianist, arranger, prolific composer and leader of a timeless
orchestra. On occasion he recorded with a small group from his orchestra or as a
piano soloist, but Duke was rarely filmed in that capacity... with a few
exceptions. On January 23, 1967, Ellington filmed two programs for Danish
television. The first has him jamming with an octet taken from his orchestra,
including such greats as altoist Johnny Hodges, tenor-saxophonist Paul Gonsalves,
baritonist Harry Carney and trumpeter Cat Anderson. Highlights include "The
Jeep Is Jumpin'," "Sophisticated Lady" and "Jam with Sam." The second
program puts the focus on Ellington's piano, in solo and trio performances that
include "Lotus Blossom," "Mood Indigo," and a definitive version of "Take the
'A' Train." Always a modern and distinctive soloist, Ellington is seen creating
brilliant improvisations full of strong melodies, subtle surprises and sly wit.
Performances with Octet: Take the "A" Train, Passion Flower, The Jeep Is Jumpin', Sophisticated Lady, Tippin' and Whisperin', Happy Reunion, Satin Doll, Jam With Sam, Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Performances with Trio/Solo: Le Sucrier Velours, Lotus Blossom, The Second Portrait of the Lion, Meditation, On the Fringe of the Jungle, Mood Indigo, Take the "A" Train
As a composer, bandleader, and pianist, Duke Ellington is one of the most remarkable men who ever lived. At the peak of his powers, he was filmed at the Falkoner Center in Copenhagen for two TV specials now presented on DVD for fans of this remarkable jazz legend.
Selections: Take the "A" Train, Midriff, Afro Bossa, Ad Lib on Nippon, The Opener, Chelsea Bridge, Blow by Blow - Excerpts from Black, Brown & Beige, Work Song, Come Sunday, Montage, Take the "A" Train, Medley: Satin Doll/Sophisticated Lady], Meow, Passion Flower, Things Ain't What They Used to Be, Jeep Blues, Perdido, Tootie for Cootie, Kinda Dukish/Rockin' in Rhythm, Take the "A" Train, He Huffed and He Puffed and Blew That Horn
Reeds: Johnny Hodges (Alto
Sax) Russell Procope (Alto Sax, Clarinet) Paul
Gonsalves (Tenor Sax) Jimmy
Hamilton (Tenor Sax, Clarinet) Harry
Carney (Baritone Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet) Trumpets: Cat Anderson, Harold
“Shorty” Baker, Ray
Nance (Trumpet, Violin, Vocal) Clark
Terry Trombones: Quentin Jackson, John
Sanders (Valve Trombone) Britt
section: Duke Ellington (Piano Jimmy
Woode (Bass) Sam
Woodyard (Drums) Ozzie
Bailey (Vocal) Liner notes by Patricia