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Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Things Ain't What They Used To Be

30 Nov 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Nov. 2008
  • Release Date: 30 Nov. 2008
  • Label: Vanilla OMP
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 One Media Publishing
  • Total Length: 59:25
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  • ASIN: B001OFUR1C
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong reviews....not what is on the cd 3 Jun. 2014
By rick from Boston - Published on Amazon.com
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These recordings are not Ellington small band tracks from the 40's as the reviews state. They are taken from a live concert in the late 60's. The music is good(it's Ellington!) and the sound is pretty good too but you are not getting the 1940's small band. If you love Ellington, you won't care, but if your looking for the 40's small band sides, you won't get them.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Things ARE What They Used To Be 13 Nov. 2009
By Dexter Jeffries - Published on Amazon.com
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These small Ellington sessions produced special recordings because they offered those individual geniuses timely opportunities to shine. Rex Stewart was always just that, a congenial and intelligent musician who was a political and social being. His cornet playing exhibited his fidelity to an instrument that his hero Louis Armstrong had abandoned after the Hot Five and Hot Seven sessions in the late 1920's. Stewart relished this instrument and diligently developed his unique sound on the cornet with his famous half-valving technique. No other musician ever replicated his "talking" cornet.

In addition to Stewart on these small group recordings, Ben Webster explored a rich sound on the tenor sax that placed him between Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young, a nice niche for sure. Raw and always tender in the high register, he is soothing and biting.
Finally, Johnny Hodges, the master of the swing alto sax, is a delight. Effortlessly playing ballads as well as jazz "dance-hop" pieces, his velvet sound is comforting.
This album is proof why Things Ain't What They Used To Be.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ellington small combos 7 Nov. 2006
By COMPUTERJAZZMAN - Published on Amazon.com
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This CD features Duke Ellington small combos, fronted respectively by Johnny Hodges and Rex Stewart, recorded in 1940 and 1941. Great selections, pretty good recordings, and an interesting contrast to the big band sound Duke Ellington's orchestras were famous for. Also featuring Ray Nance, Harry Carney, Sonny Greer and others.
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3.0 out of 5 stars THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE 20 Sept. 2008
By A. J. SCHAFFER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
SINCE THESE RECORDINGS DATE BACK TO 1940 AND 1941 , I GUESS A PERSON SHOULD NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM SUCH VINTAGE RECORDINGS.EVEN WITH SOME RECORDING STATIC , THE QUALITY OF THE MUSIC IS ACCEPTABLE. I AM JUST SPOILED WITH TODAY'S RECORDING TECHNOLOGY.
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