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  • Audio CD (17 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000250OT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Star Spangled Banner
2. Father Norman O'conner Introduces
3. Black And Tan Fantasy
4. Duke Introduce Cook & Tune
5. Tea For Two
6. Talk About The Festival
7. Take The A Train
8. Duke Announces Strayborn's A Train & Nance/Duke Introducess
9. Part I -Festival Junction
10. Duke Announces Nance & Procope
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Duke Introduce Johnny Holges
2. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
3. Jeep's Blues
4. Duke Calms Crowd,Introduces Nace & Tune
5. Tulip Or Turnip
6. Riot Prevention
7. Skin Deep
8. Mood Indigo
9. Studio Concert
10. Father Norman O'connor Introduces Duke Eillington To
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Cd > Popular Music > JazzCD > POPULAR MUSIC > JAZZ

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102 of 102 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on 7 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
The reviews below are, IMO, pretty churlish for what is one of the great live albums of all time, in -any- genre.

The original 'Ellington at Newport' LP consisted of the legendary Diminuendo/Crescendo In Blue performance (of which more in a bit), plus some re-recorded stuff with overdubbed applause, a shoddy and largely faked document of what was reportedly one of the stonkingest live gigs in history. The Columbia team have hunted down the original tapes and reconstructed the entire concert, bum notes and all. (The bum notes were the reason why Columbia insisted on Ellington rerecording a lot of the stuff in the studio a few days later. This CD includes the re-recordings, but restores the original performances, so nobody feels left out.)

By the time Duke and his Orchestra hit the stage for their second set at 11.45pm, they were annoyed at having been pulled off after a short set hours earlier and being made to wait before they could play again. Ellington's critical stock was down in 1956; he was regarded as a pioneer whose time had passed. He must have felt that he had something to prove. Most of the first disc of this CD consists of the first half of the concert; the Orchestra makes tidy and slick work of a handful of Ellington standards, and they do a nice job on the suite composed specially for the Festival. Then Ellington announces the Diminuendo/Crescendo medley. It all goes smoothly enough until, Diminuendo having diminuendoed, Duke leads via a brief piano solo into Paul Gonsalves' tenor spot. Gonsalves starts obliquely and softly, then gradually gets more confident. By the sixth chorus he's starting to dig in. By the seventh chorus, everyone knows something unusual is happening.

What was happening was a good player having a moment of greatness.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Aidan Stevens on 25 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
By the time The Duke came to Newport in 1956 with his band, his place among music's elite of the day was already assured. It may be that this recording made him a sure-fire member of every Hall of Fame for which he was eligible.

It took well over 40 years for the public at large to hear the actual concert, due to initial reluctance from Columbia to release the recordings made at Newport. However, this fabulous re-issue (including the studio "concert" which was released in '56) has thankfully given us the opportunity to hear the audience's real reaction to the magic that unfolded before their eyes and ears.

The legacy of the concert rightly rests on "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" and Paul Gonsalves' fantastic, lengthy sax solo. But to write this album off as a one trick pony is to miss the point. The ability of soloists and rhythm sections on standards and new songs is astounding. The fact remains that the musicians hold the audience and today's listener in raptures, even before Gonsalves steps up, and this feeling is carried throughout.

Ellington's judgment of the mood of the crowd and choice of song mark him out as a master, and this is an album that no-one should be without.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. G. Fairhall on 5 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
What a fabulous CD. This historical performance by the Ellington band re-launched his popularity after a few somewhat barren years. With a line-up including Johnny Hodges on alto, Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpet and Sam Woodyard on drums you have a stellar band of players doing their thing. And, of course, as any jazz scholar worth his salt will tell you, it has THAT tenor solo.
What really adds to this double CD is all the extras. Music-wise, you get the full evening and late evening sets AND the studio tracks recorded (and in some cases used)two days later. The fantastic sleeve notes are perhaps the best I've ever read, giving you a complete run-down of the entire event and the reasons behind the studio performance done a couple of days afterwards, as well as naming the tracks actually used on the original LP - not all live at Newport then!
But the key to the performance was of course Paul Gonsalves tenor solo on Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue. It was this iconic solo that turned a good performance into an absolute stormer - you can hear the band and audience responding as the solo goes on, the excitement building throughout the 27 (yes, 27!)choruses. The audience erupts at the end and in the subsequent numbers, the band's playing is at a whole new level.
So, any quibbles? For my ears, the saxes sound a little dated but what do I know?
This CD should be in every big band lovers collection.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to the original Newport album regularly since the mid eigties. I am not a jazz fan but I love Duke Ellington. This cd version is better quality and the stereo is very effective. Although there are extra tracks the best ones remain those that where on the original. Paul Gonsalves' solo on diminuendo and crescendo in blue of course needs no introduction. He was apparently off mike in the original. This recording however brings him to the fore apparently using recently found tapes recorded for the V.O.A.. This is worth the price of the album alone! The only odd thing is that the crowd noises, which always make the hair on the back of my neck stand up in the original, are ironically quieter on this version.Overall brilliant! If you want a live jazz album that sounds mor like a rock concert, get this one!
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