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Duke Ellington/Ella Fitzgerald: Ella & Duke at the Côte D'Azur

Track List

>Mack the Knife
>Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues, The
>Lullaby of Birdland
>You Go To My Head / Goin' Out Of My Head
>How Long Has This Been Going On?
>Diminuendo In Blue / Blow By Blow
>Jive Jam - (previously unreleased)
>It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
>All Too Soon
>So Danco Samba
>Rose of the Rio Grande
>More I See You, The
>Matador, The (El Viti)
>Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
>Trip, The - (previously unreleased)
>Things Ain't What They Used to Be - (previously unreleased)

Album Notes

ELLA & DUKE AT THE COTE D'AZUR contains three previously unreleased tracks.

Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Duke Ellington, Jimmy Jones (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, trumpet); Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone); Jimmy Hamilton (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Cat Anderson, Wilbur Bascomb, Mercer Ellington, Herbie Jones, Cootie Williams (trumpet); Lawrence Brown, Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (trombone); Jim Hughart, John Lamb (bass); Grady Tate, Sam Woodyard (drums).

Recorded at Juan Les Pins, France in 1966.

Personnel: Ella Fitzgerald (vocals); Duke Ellington (piano); Ray Nance (vocals, violin, trumpet, cornet); Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone); Paul Gonsalves, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Harry Carney (baritone saxophone); Cootie Williams, Dud Bascomb, Wilbur Bascomb, Sr., Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington, Cat Anderson (trumpet); Lawrence Brown , Chuck Connors, Buster Cooper (trombone); Jimmy Jones (piano); Grady Tate, Jo Jones , Sam Woodyard (drums).

Liner Note Author: Michael Ullman.

Recording information: Juan Le Pins, France.

Editor: Peter Pullman.

Unknown Contributor Roles: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra; Duke Ellington Orchestra; Robert Silverberg.

Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington did not team up in concert until relatively late in their careers (although she did record her Ellington Songbook with him in the '50s). This live double-LP actually finds Fitzgerald singing six numbers with the Jimmy Jones Trio and only "Mack the Knife" and a scat-filled "It Don't Mean a Thing" with the orchestra. Ellington has eight numbers for his band, mostly remakes of older tunes (including a guest appearance by former associate Ben Webster on "All Too Soon," a remarkable Buster Cooper trombone feature, and a rowdy version of "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues"). This is a spirited set of music that with better planning could have been great. ~ Scott Yanow


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