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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B00BKUO1OK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1

  1. The Hawk Talks
  2. Frustration
  3. Sultry Serenade
  4. Sophisticated Lady
  5. Perdido
  6. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
  7. A Tone Parallel To Harlem
  8. Take the 'A' Train
  9. Medley: VIP's Boogie, Jam With Sam
  10. Monologue
  11. Blues At Sundown
  12. Skin Deep
  13. Medley Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, I'm Beginning To See The Light, Prelude To A Kiss, It Don't Mean A Thing, Solitude, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Disc: 2

  1. Tulip or Turnip
  2. Basin Street Blues
  3. Primping At The Prom
  4. Johnny Come Lately
  5. Moonstone
  6. Time On My Hands
  7. Margie
  8. Chelsea Bridge
  9. Midriff
  10. Phalanges
  11. VIP's Boogie
  12. Solitude
  13. Summertime
  14. My Little Brown Book
  15. Good Girl Blues
  16. The Hawk Talks
  17. Take the 'A' Train
  18. Happy Birthday To You

Disc: 3

  1. Ting-a-ling
  2. Sophisticated Lady
  3. C Jam Blues
  4. Passion Flower
  5. Happy Go Lucky Local
  6. Summertime
  7. Warm Valley
  8. Sultry Serenade
  9. Hi Ya Sue
  10. Sophisticated Lady
  11. Things Ain't What They used To Be
  12. The Hawk Talks
  13. C Jam Blues
  14. Tenderly

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The recordings in this collection come from the Ackerman tapes, an archive held in Stanford University in California comprising live jazz recordings, many previously unreleased. The recordings come from four separate live performances by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, with three from Jan.-Apr. 1952. The entirety of CD1 and the first two tracks of CD2 comprise a concert on 5th January 1952 at New Yorks Metropolitan Opera House, which is previously unreleased in any form, apart from one track. Tracks 3-9 of CD2 are from a performance at an unknown venue during March 1952 in the US North-west, and Tracks 10-18 od CD2 and Tracks 1-4 of CD3 are from a show at The Armory, Yakima, Washington State on the Dukes birthday 29th April 1952. Several tracks from these performances have never been released, while the remainder have only ever been on vinyl. The remainder of CD 3 comprises 1953 recordings are from a dance date at McElroys Ballroom in Portland Oregon, a favourite gig of Ellingtons during his regular tours of the north-west around his birthday, which have appeared on vinyl and D, but not, we think, all on one CD. In all, of the 45 tracks, 20 are previously unreleased, 15 have only appeared on vinyl, while the other 10 have been on various CDs, now generally unavailable, we believe.Some of the recordings include Ellingtons characteristic and entertaining links and introductions which add a unique flavour and atmosphere to the collection.It is a snapshot of a great orchestra under an iconic leader during a period when the big band market had been hit by post-war austerity and the emergence of bebop and R&B small groups, and one-night stands like these were its bread-and-butter work. We are sure that it will provide a welcome addition to the collections of Duke Ellington and big band enthusiasts.


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4.0 out of 5 stars1952- 53, Challenging Era for the Ellington Band
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2.0 out of 5 starsPretty poor recording quality, some strong performances
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