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Duke Ellington • At The Hurricane


Review by Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington was stuck with a recording ban during 1943, and regular bookings to maintain his big band were getting more difficult to put together. So the bandleader accepted an extended gig at the Hurricane in New York City, often broadcasting three to four times a week in half-hour segments. This CD compiles two complete programs, and nearly all of a third. Although these shows have the added distraction of an announcer who talks over the introduction to most of the songs, the sound quality is excellent, with great balance and little in the way of distracting surface noise that comes from worn transcription discs. In addition to the expected favorites ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Johnny Come Lately" and "Take the "A" Train"), Ellington explores lesser-known pieces by Cole Porter ("Could It Be You?") and Walter Donaldson ("Nevada"), as well as trying out fairly new works of his own, including "Goin' Up" (also known as "Floorshow") and the world premiere of "Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)." With thousands of other Ellington releases available on the market, it's tough to call this CD essential, but serious fans of Ellington will want to pick it up.


Reseña de Ken Dryden
Duke Ellington estaba atrapado en una prohibición de grabación durante 1943, y las reservas regulares para mantener su gran banda eran cada vez más difíciles de reunir. Así que el director de orquesta aceptó una actuación prolongada en el Hurricane de Nueva York, emitiendo a menudo tres o cuatro veces por semana en segmentos de media hora. Este CD recopila dos programas completos y casi todos los de un tercero. Aunque estos programas tienen la distracción añadida de un locutor que habla por encima de la introducción de la mayoría de las canciones, la calidad del sonido es excelente, con un gran equilibrio y poco ruido superficial que distrae y que proviene de los discos de transcripción gastados. Además de los favoritos esperados ("Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Johnny Come Lately" y "Take the "A" Train"), Ellington explora piezas menos conocidas de Cole Porter ("Could It Be You?") y Walter Donaldson ("Nevada"), además de probar obras propias bastante nuevas, como "Goin' Up" (también conocida como "Floorshow") y el estreno mundial de "Tonight I Shall Sleep (With a Smile on My Face)". Con miles de otras ediciones de Ellington disponibles en el mercado, es difícil calificar este CD de esencial, pero los aficionados serios de Ellington querrán recogerlo. ....

1 - Take The "A" Train - 0:40
2 - Hayfoot, Strawfoot - 2:36
3 - It Can't Be Wrong - 3:02
4 - What Am I Here For ? - 3:34
5 - Mainstream A.K.A. Altitude - 3:07
6 - Could It Be You ? - 2:51
7 - Goin' Up - 3:44
8 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - 3:48
9 - Nevada - 2:42
10 - Things Ain't What They Used To Be - 1:02
11 - Take The "A" Train - 0:46
12 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - 4:01
13 - Main Stem A.K.A. Altitude - 3:00
14 - I Don't Want Anybody At All - 3:12
15 - Johnny Come Lately - 2:51
16 - Things Ain't What They Used To Be - 0:34
17 - Moon Mist - 2:59
18 - You'll Never Know - 3:08
19 - Tonight I Shall Sleep - 3:34
20 - I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got - 3:23
21 - Don't Get Around Much Anymore - 4:31
22 - Moon Mist - 0:35

    Alto Saxophone – Johnny Hodges (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Alto Saxophone, Clarinet – Nat Jones (tracks: 17 to 22), Sax Mallard* (tracks: 1 to 16)
    Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet – Harry Carney (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Bass – Alvin "Junior" Raglin* (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Clarinet – Chauncey Haughton (tracks: 1 to 16)
    Curated By [Original Source Material Courtesy Of] – Jerry Valburn
    Design [Booklet Design] – Eddie At ChrisnaMorten Art
    Drums – Sonny Greer (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Guitar – Fred Guy (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Liner Notes – Kenneth H. Steiner
    Piano, Leader – Duke Ellington (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Presenter [MBS Staff Announcer] – Scott Douglas
    Producer [Pastel Period Broadcast Produced By], Script By [Pastel Period Broadcast Scripted By] – Leonard Feather
    Restoration [CEDAR Restoration], Remastered By [Additional Digital Remastering] – Björn Almstedt
    Tenor Saxophone – Ben Webster (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet – Jimmy Hamilton (tracks: 17 to 22)
    Transferred By [Digital Transfers] – Jack H. Towers
    Trombone – Joseph Nanto* (tracks: 1 to 22), Juan Tizol (tracks: 1 to 22), Lawrence Brown (tracks: 1 to 16), Sandy Williams (tracks: 17 to 22)
    Trumpet – Harold Baker (tracks: 1 to 22), Ray Nance (tracks: 1 to 22), Rex Stewart (tracks: 1 to 16), Taft Jordan (tracks: 17 to 22), Wallace Jones (tracks: 1 to 22)
    Vocals – Betty Roche* (tracks: 2, 14, 20)

From "The Hurricane" restaurant at 49th and Broadway in New York City.
Compilation of three original 1943 MBS broadcasts.

Tracks 1 to 10 from April 3, 1943, Midnight - 12:30 a.m. EWT.
Tracks 11 to 16 from April 4, 1943, 10:45 - 11:00 p.m. EWT.
Tracks 17 to 22 from June 6, 1943, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. EWT.
Total Time = 59:57.

Label: Storyville ‎– 101 8359
Series: Storyville Records 50 Years Of Jazz & Blues –
Released: 2002
Genre: Jazz
Style: Big Band, Swing

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