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Duke Ellington: Jazz Party

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Personnel: Duke Ellington (piano); Jimmy Rushing (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope (saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Andres Ford (trumpet); Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders (trombone); Jimmy Jones (piano); Jimmy Woode (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums); Morris Goldenberg, George Gaber, Elden C. Bailey, Chauncey Morehouse, Harry Breuer, Robert M. Rosengarden, Walter E. Rosenberger, Bradley Spinney, Milton Schlesinger (percussion).

Recorded at The Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York on February 19 & 25, 1959. Includes liner notes by Irving Townsend.

Personnel: Duke Ellington, Jimmy Jones (piano); Jimmy Rushing (vocals); Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope (saxophone); Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Shorty Baker, Andres Ford (trumpet); Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders (trombone); Jimmy Woode (bass); Sam Woodyard (drums); Morris Goldenberg, George Gaber, Elden C. Bailey, Chauncey Morehouse, Harry Breuer, Robert M. Rosengarden, Walter E. Rosenberger, Bradley Spinney, Milton Schlesinger (percussion).

Recorded at The Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, New York on February 19 & 25, 1959. Includes original liner notes by Irving Townsend.

Recorded in two live sessions about a week apart in February of 1959, JAZZ PARTY covers a lot of ground. Duke's late-'50s band included veterans like Johnny Hodges and Harry Carney in the reed section, as well as newer but equally esteemed musicians such as Clark Terry (trumpet) and tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves. Four of the cuts here make up the "Toot Suite," where, in typical Ellington fashion, various members of the orchestra are featured in turn as soloists.

JAZZ PARTY also features an ensemble of nine symphony percussionists on two cuts. The "in stereo" part of the title is justified by the claim that these recordings take advantage of stereo imaging to reproduce the original concert experience of hearing an array of vibes, xylophones, tympani and other percussion stretching from one end of the stage to the other. Bebop icon/trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie sits in for a tune, as does Jimmy Rushing; the Duke's impressionistic swing makes a fine foil for stone modernist and Kansas City blues belter alike.



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