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martes, 5 de julio de 2022

Duke Ellington • The Duke At Fargo 1940

 



Editorial Review:
 In 1940, some young fans with a recorder captured one of Duke's best bands on a typical road engagement in North Dakota, and the two-and-a-half hour souvenir they took home is justly prized. Even allowing for some cropped intros or endings, and occasional off-mike vocals by Ivie Anderson and Herb Jeffries, this is great Ellington and one of the great live jazz records. The Duke at Fargo, 1940: Special 60th Anniversary Edition really captures the rough-and-tumble of a swing-era dance date: current pop hits mingle with Ducal classics; on one segment you hear a radio announcer introducing tunes for a local broadcast; by the last set, the band sounds happily smashed. In 1940, Ellington was at his peak as composer, his charts rich with intersecting section parts, vectoring instrumental voices, and brashly intricate harmonies. His great soloists include tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, bassist Jimmy Blanton, and new arrival Ray Nance on trumpet, violin, and vocals. The thin cardboard tall-box is dowdy and underwhelming, but what's inside is what counts.
Kevin Whitehead


Review
by Steve Leggett  
This two-disc set is a true historical treasure. An amateur recording of a Duke Ellington dance engagement at the Crystal Ballroom in Fargo, North Dakota made by two dedicated fans, one a high-school senior at the time, and the other a college student, coupled with a remote radio broadcast complete with a KVOX announcer, it makes a fascinating document of an era long gone. Ellington's famed orchestra at the time consisted of Rex Stewart, Wallace Jones, Ray Nance, Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick, Ben Webster, Harry Carney, Fred Guy, Jimmy Blanton, Sonny Greer, and vocalists Ivie Anderson and Herb Jeffries, and having played the night before in Winnipeg, Canada and traveling by train, they still delivered a fine set. This is not a professional recording, however, with occasional missed openings and several ongoing microphone adjustments throughout, but that adds to the immediacy and intimacy of it all, really, and as an archival document of one of jazz's greatest bands in full dress at a typical gig, this set is simply a blessing to have and to hear.
https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-duke-at-fargo-1940-special-60th-anniversary-edition-mw0000678707

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Reseña editorial:
 En 1940, unos jóvenes aficionados con una grabadora capturaron a una de las mejores bandas de Duke en un típico compromiso de carretera en Dakota del Norte, y el recuerdo de dos horas y media que se llevaron a casa es justamente apreciado. Incluso teniendo en cuenta algunas intros o finales recortados, y las ocasionales voces fuera de micrófono de Ivie Anderson y Herb Jeffries, este es un gran Ellington y uno de los grandes discos de jazz en directo. El Duque en Fargo, 1940: Special 60th Anniversary Edition capta realmente la aspereza de una cita de baile de la época del swing: los éxitos pop actuales se mezclan con los clásicos de Ducal; en un segmento se oye a un locutor de radio presentando melodías para una emisión local; en el último set, la banda suena felizmente destrozada. En 1940, Ellington estaba en su apogeo como compositor, con sus gráficos llenos de partes de sección que se entrecruzan, voces instrumentales vectoriales y armonías descaradamente intrincadas. Sus grandes solistas incluyen al saxofonista tenor Ben Webster, al bajista Jimmy Blanton y al recién llegado Ray Nance en la trompeta, el violín y la voz. La delgada caja de cartón es poco elegante y decepcionante, pero lo que hay dentro es lo que cuenta.
Kevin Whitehead


Reseña
por Steve Leggett  
Este conjunto de dos discos es un verdadero tesoro histórico. Una grabación amateur de un baile de Duke Ellington en el Crystal Ballroom de Fargo, Dakota del Norte, realizada por dos dedicados fans, uno de ellos en su último año de instituto y el otro estudiante universitario, junto con una emisión de radio a distancia con un locutor de la KVOX, constituye un fascinante documento de una época ya desaparecida. La famosa orquesta de Ellington estaba formada por Rex Stewart, Wallace Jones, Ray Nance, Sam Nanton, Juan Tizol, Lawrence Brown, Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick, Ben Webster, Harry Carney, Fred Guy, Jimmy Blanton, Sonny Greer y los cantantes Ivie Anderson y Herb Jeffries, y tras haber tocado la noche anterior en Winnipeg, Canadá, y haber viajado en tren, ofrecieron un buen espectáculo. Sin embargo, no se trata de una grabación profesional, ya que se pierden ocasionalmente las aperturas y se realizan varios ajustes de micrófono, pero eso contribuye a la inmediatez e intimidad de todo ello, y como documento de archivo de una de las mejores bandas de jazz en plena actuación, este conjunto es simplemente una bendición para tener y escuchar.
https://www.allmusic.com/album/the-duke-at-fargo-1940-special-60th-anniversary-edition-mw0000678707


storyvillerecords.com ...


Tracks:
 Vol. 1
1 - It's Glory
2 - The Mooche
3 - The Sheik Of Araby
4 - Sepia Panorama
5 - Ko Ko
6 - There Shall Be No Night
7 - Pussy Willow
8 - Chatterbox
9 - Mood Indigo
10 - Harlem Airshaft
11 - Ferryboat Serenade
12 - Warm Valley
13 - Stompy Jones
14 - Chloe
15 - Bojangles
16 - On The Air
17 - Rumpus In Richmond
18 - Chaser
19 - The Sidewalks Of New York
20 - The Flaming Sword
21 - Never No Lament
22 - Caravan
23 - Clarinet Lament

Vol. 2
1 - Slap Happy
2 - Sepia Panorama
3 - Boy Meets Horn
4 - Way Down Yonder In New Orleans
5 - Oh Babe, Maybe Someday
6 - Five O'Clock Whistle
7 - Fanfare
8 - Call Of The Canyon/Unidentified Title/All This And Heaven Too
9 - Rockin' In Rhythm
10 - Sophisticated Lady
11 - Cotton Tail
12 - Whispering Grass
13 - Conga Brava
14 - I Never Felt This Way Before
15 - Across The Track Blues
16 - Honeysuckle Rose
17 - Wham
18 - Star Dust
19 - Rose Of The Rio Grande
20 - St. Louis Blues
21 - Warm Valley
22 - God Bless America


Label:    Storyville – 1038435
Country:    Denmark
Released:    2013
Genre:    Jazz
Style:    Big Band, Swing
https://www.discogs.com/release/8681349-Duke-Ellington-The-Duke-At-Fargo-1940-Special-60th-Anniversary-Edition-





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