Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington Presents… (1956/2014) [ProStudioMasters FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Duke Ellington – Duke Ellington Presents… (1956/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96kHz  | Time – 00:36:34 minutes | 615 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | © Bethlehem Records / Verse Music Group
Recorded: Universal Studios, Chicago, IL, February 7 & 8, 1956

Duke Ellington And His Orchestra recorded this album in Chicago, IL on 7 & 8 February 1956 for the Bethlehem label. Ray Nance has vocals on I Can’t Get Started, Jimmy Grissom sings on Everything But You. The Polydor reissues have slightly more adventurous titles, as well as the track listing changed. At the same session, the orchestra recorded another 12 tracks, released as “Historically Speaking – The Duke.”
This unusual set only has four Duke Ellington compositions among the 11 songs. He features a different soloist on most of the songs (which include seven standards not associated with Ellington’s music). There are showcases for trumpeter Cat Anderson, Ray Nance (who sings and plays violin on “I Can’t Get Started”), singer Jimmy Grissom, baritonist Harry Carney, and the altos of Johnny Hodges and Russell Procope, as well as two apiece for clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton and tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves. The closing “Blues” gives many of the players an additional opportunity to be heard. Although this set is not essential, the music is quite enjoyable and it is interesting to hear Duke Ellington playing such tunes as “Laura,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Indian Summer.” -AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow

1 Summertime 2:12
2 Laura 4:10
3 I Can’t Get Started 4:21
4 My Funny Valentine 4:44
5 Everything But You 2:55
6 Frustration 3:47
7 Cotton Tail 2:50
8 Day Dream 3:36
9 Deep Purple 3:33
10 Indian Summer 3:00
11 Blues 7:00

Cat Anderson, Willie Cook, Clark Terry – trumpet
Ray Nance – trumpet, violin, vocals
Quentin Jackson, John Saunders, Britt Woodman – trombone
Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
Russell Procope – alto saxophone, clarinet
Paul Gonzalves – tenor saxophone
Harry Carney – baritone saxophone
Duke Ellington – piano
Jimmy Woode – bass
Sam Woodyard – drums
Jimmy Grissom – vocals -5