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Ellington Complete At Newport

Duke Ellington Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia / Legacy
  • ASIN: B0000250OT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,735 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterclass in bandleading and group playing 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding 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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked the newport album, loved this one! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Riotous Assembly 17 Feb 2005
By R Jess
Format:Audio CD
'Ellington At Newport' turned out to be the best-selling album of the Duke's career largely due to the exceptional performances of the soloists on the album. But Ellington's compositions always gave great scope for improvisation by his band and it's his own enthusiasm and momentum that spurred the band on to great things that night.
On 'Black & Tan Fantasy' Cat Anderson's solo is a throwback to the era in which it was composed, while Willie Cook on 'Tea For Two' swings unstoppable. Ellington himself puts in some spirited piano playing at the beginning of 'Take The A Train' and 'Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue'. 'Festival Junction' is an inspired name for the opening part of the festival suite as it builds and builds in its thumping and sophisticated way, much like the rest of the concert. Then a slight respite with Russell Procopej's lilting clarinet on 'Blues To Be There', before back to the frenetic pace of the earlier part with 'Newport Up'. Here the notes and tempo seem to crash and burn against each other in a manner more reminscent of bepop than swing.
The there's the effortless, breezy solo of Harry Carney on 'Sophisticated Lady' and try as he might, poor Jimmy Grisham's vocal on 'Day In, Day Out' just doesn't match the power and sincerity of the backing instrumentation.
On Paul Gonsalves performance of his career, the rest of the band aren't slow in egging him on to greater and greater heights through enthusiastic shouts and claps. This appreciative support seems oddly lacking in the other soloists performances. After the riotous greeting of this number, Ellington seems to use Johnny Hodges laid-back playing on 'I Got It Bad' and 'Jeep's Blues' as a way of quietening the crowd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for the fan
Duke Ellington music shines through this recording but note that it has (sometimes quite lengthy) introductions that all but the most devoted fan or music buff will be interested... Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Handley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Jazz Concert
A treasure trove both of historical fact and musical genius. The gem is traditionally the Paul Gonsalves choruses, but the Johnny Hodges is superlative (thanks to American Hustle)... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alan James Michels
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem from my youth...
I first heard the short version of "Ellington at Newport" in the summer of 1964. It was amazing! I found the single, "short" CD long ago. Read more
Published 5 months ago by B-Woody
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Ellington album
This is a wonderful album. It has converted me to an Ellington fan on just one listening.

What more can I say?

Buy it, try it.
Published 19 months ago by P. Bridle
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellington Complete at Newport
Love the Duke of Ellington, and this Newport Jazz Festival live recording is above excellent, also the line up of "names" in his orchestra were just the some of the creme... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ms. Sheila Appleton
3.0 out of 5 stars Confused offer
I knew this was a classic recording of a live concert and wanted to buy a copy. My problem was there were 4 or 5 versions available on Amazon, all with identical covers but... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by cooperian
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace sevice as usual ...
Having had the vinyl dating from 1957 (same design cover), I was delighted that the CD covered much more than the original. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by BRIAN J DAVIES
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, atmospheric, a wonderful recording!
I have not stopped listening to this recording, I love it! I am a jazz novice but bought this album on the back of an earlier review and it really is wonderful!
Published on 28 July 2010 by Lucia
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellington Complete At Newport
What a fabulous CD. This historical performance by the Ellington band re-launched his popularity after a few somewhat barren years. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2009 by Mr. P. G. Fairhall
3.0 out of 5 stars First extended saxophone solo
This record is not in itself one of Ellington's best. It merits a place in this list for its historical importance: it documents the first extended live saxophone solo. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2001
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