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  1. After reading the above I gave in and bought the set from Amazon. It arrived today and I'm really impressed. What Steve Wallace wrote is exactly what I would have written if I could write as well as he does. I just hope that it's as good sonically as it is visually.
  2. From the description I presume so. If you check David Palmquist's TDWAW site Duke's March itinerary doesn't leave much room for such a concert unless it's one of the last two days before he went into the hospital. I haven't been able to find a reference to this performance on-line but I'm not that good at such research.
  3. March 1974: Benefit for St. Clare's Hospital at the Waldorf Astoria. George describes it in detail but none of the Ellington scholars I've asked have found any reference to it. Maybe he got the date wrong.
  4. I've read "Sweet Man" and enjoyed it, though it is frowned on by most EKE scholars because it spends so much time on Duke's and George's sexual exploits. More anecdotal than scholarly and apparently not reliable. (He talks a lot about Duke's last live appearance which no one else seems to be able to verify.)
  5. Funny, I was listening to it at the gym this morning for the same reason.
  6. If you can find it (and afford it) the 2 volume New DESOR lists nearly every known extant recorded performance by Ellington and breaks down each song while naming each soloist. Timner is not as complete but is cheaper and I believe easier to find.
  7. What's "Urban Jungle"? A Squatty Roo Ellington release?
  8. This description from an Amazon review of New Mood Indigo makes it sound like it's the same recordings: This CD was put out by CBS's special project label: Signature. It is economically priced, and features cuts from four different sessions, all recorded in the 60's. One of the sessions was a project Duke never completed - an album featuring Ray Nance as a soloist, in the same vein as the album he did that featured Paul Gonsalves. That session is only made up of three tunes, with Nance singing "Jump for Joy," and a rousingly comic version of "Mack the Knife." Another session is made up of three tunes played by a sextet led by Mercer Ellington with Nance, Hodges, Carney, Louis Bellson, Aaron Bell and Chick Corea.
  9. What?! Who? What's the source of this?
  10. Atoms versus Bytes

    I can't find the long discussion about music streaming but I thought I'd pass along the latest manifestation of the move to bytes rather than atoms. I got an-email from Smithsonian Folkways advertising an up-coming release of a box set of music from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. When I clicked on the order link it offered not only the box set and various places to download it but links to reserve it on streaming services!
  11. Really? I've been kicking myself for years for not having gone to see him there.
  12. Billy Harper

    I have Harper with Gil and saw him with The Cookers in London a couple of years ago. But I have no other cds. From what's readily available what should I get? Black Saint? Since I first posted this I discovered that I can sample various Harper records on Spotify.
  13. Mosaic is planning a set from The Black &B White label. Probably 12 cds. But they don't have original tapes so this may not be what Ted is talking about.
  14. I 'm not sure I've even ever heard Kay Kyser but he's an interesting example of cultural amnesia. In his book "Jammin' at the Margins (Jazz and the American Cinema)" Krin Gabbard devotes several pages to Kyser pointing out that he was incredibly popular right up there with Goodman and Dorsey and sold way more records than Ellington but he's usually dismissed as not only not swinging but not even playing jazz. However after generally denigrating him, Gunther Schuller in "The Swing Era" does admit that the band "could, when required, play with an infectious rhythmic swing". BTW I used to be an academic and the book this thread is about is a good example of why I'm glad I'm not anymore.
  15. I just watched it too. I don't think I'd ever seen all of it before. It is indeed wonderful.
  16. Does anyone here have information about who plays on "Josephine" by Jimmy Babyface Lewis?
  17. "Josephine" by Jimmy Babyface Lewis

    Thanks so much.
  18. Wow Thanks. This isn't even in The New DESOR. IS it ok to share this with the Duke Ellington List-Serve?
  19. Now reading...

    Do you think Alan Furst's books capture it well?
  20. Gil Evans's "Svengali".
  21. Arthur N. Rupe Foudation

    WOW. It's in Santa Barbara, where I live, and I've never heard of it.
  22. Could you explain the difference please. I guess you mean "transcriptions" were made at the club itself and "airshots" were taken at a remotes place having been sent over telephone wires-- which apparently Savory did for a living.)
  23. In '42 they were broadcast by NBC.
  24. There are several air checks of Ellington from the Hotel ShermanChicago.
  25. "Gone" from Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess

    IIRC (and I often don't) shortly after the film opened there was an article in Time or Newsweek citing all the P&B records that had been released and saying that the Miles/Gil was the best or perhaps that it was even the best selling.