Berlin 1959 / Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

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What we have here is the welcome memento of the Duke Ellington’s 1959 European tour. Berlin’s Sportpalast is not a concert hall and during the...

What we have here is the welcome memento of the Duke Ellington’s 1959 European tour. Berlin’s Sportpalast is not a concert hall and during the cursed Nazi reign often was the site of speeches by Hitler and his fellow criminals, but the hall can perhaps be said to have been purified by sounds of jazz by the time of this concert. The music starts with the Ellington Medley, by then a standard concert opener in varied embodiments. Critics often chided Duke for (in their opinion) overdoing this staple, but in fact it was not only a clever way of dealing with what undoubtedly would have been audience requests for beloved Ducal standards, but also a way of celebrating the continued life of his musical heritage. The concert has been remastered to modern standards, and is a must own for any Ellington fan.

REVIEWS:

Storyville Records has released Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Berlin 1959, a terrific live album with great sound and luxurious music. Partially released in past years on shabby bootlegs, this album gives us this concert with pristine sound. Don't cherry-pick songs when listening. The only way to enjoy this album is by listening from start to finish. Only then can you absorb the depth of the Ellington band's full spectrum of moods and the Duke's piano. Be aware that tracks 17 to 27 are part of an Ellington medley and aren't full songs. As a result, each song is short.

--AllAboutJazz.com (Marc Myers)

There can never be too many Duke Ellington albums. Heard here is Storyville’s recently released two-CD set titled Berlin 1959, a previously unreleased concert. The Duke Ellington Orchestra was well documented in the late 1950s following their major success at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival, and the live concerts that have been released from this period can be a little predictable. Just as with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars, there are some routines that do not differ that much from month to month although they eventually evolved. But, as with Armstrong, there are occasional surprises that make each concert well worth hearing.

Overall, everything works well during this fine concert. There may not have been an excess of surprises, but the results are fun.

--The Syncopated Times (Scott Yanow)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 20, 2021


  • UPC: 717101831524


  • Catalog Number: SVL1038315


  • Label: Storyville Records


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: Jazz


  • Composer: Duke Ellington


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  • Performer: Duke Ellington



Works:


  1. Medley: Black and Tan Fantasy, Creole Love Call & The Mooche

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  2. Newport Up

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  3. Such Sweet Thunder

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  4. Sonnet to Hank Cinq

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  5. Kinda Dukish & Rockin' in Rhythm

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  6. El Gato

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  7. Flirtibird

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  8. Things Ain't What They Used to Be

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  9. Skin Deep

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  10. VIP Boogie

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  11. Jam With Sam

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  12. St. Louis Blues

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  13. Bill Bailey

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  14. Walkin' & Singin' the Blues

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  15. Medley: Don't Get Around Much Anymore; Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me; I Got it Bad; In a Sentimental Mood; Mood Indigo; I'm Beginning to See the Light; Sophisticated Lady; Caravan; Solitude; Satin Doll; I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart

    Composer: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra


  16. Basin Street Blues

    Ensemble: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra