The Complete Newport 1956 Concert
Essential Jazz Classics
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2-CD SET Plus 6 BONUS TRACKS
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This release presents all of the existing material related to the legendary 1956 Newport performance by the great Duke Ellington. This was the classic concert which Ellington compared to being born again in the public’s mind, and at which alto saxophonist Paul Gonsalves excelled playing chorus after chorus on “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue”. While that live performance was utilized on the original LP "Ellington at Newport" (Columbia CL-934), the rest of the tracks there belonged to a studio session made two days after the actual show. This edition presents fi rst the complete live concert, followed by the studio tracks.
As a bonus, a complete March 1956 studio session, as well as three extremely rare tracks from a broadcast at the Blue Note, in Chicago,recorded by the band nearly three months before the Newport event.
DUKE ELLINGTON & His Orchestra
Clark Terry, Willie Cook, Cat Anderson (tp), Ray Nance (tp, vln, vcl),
Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders (tb), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts),
Johnny Hodges (as), Russell Procope (as, cl), Paul Gonsalves (ts),
Harry Carney (bar, cl, b-cl), Duke Ellington (p, cond),
Jimmy Woode or Al Lucas (b), Sam Woodyard (d),
Jimmy Grissom (vcl on “Day In, Day Out”), Father Norman O’Connor (m.c.).
CD 1 & CD 2 [1-4]: Live at the Newport Jazz Festival,
Newport, Rhode Island, July 7, 1956.
CD 2 [5-11]: Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, July 9, 1956.
BONUS TRACKS (CD2, 12-17):
[12-14]: Same personnel as above. Universal Studios, Chicago, IL, March 19, 1956.
[15-17]: Same personnel as above except Nelson Williams & Phil Barboza (tp) replace Willie Cook & Ray Nance.
CBS broadcast from Basin Street East, New York, April 14, 1956.
CD1: Total Time: 77:45
01 STAR SPANGLED BANNER
02 Father Norman O’Connor & Duke Ellington intros
03 BLACK AND TAN FANTASY
04 TEA FOR TWO
05 Ellington & O’Connor announcements
06 TAKE THE “A” TRAIN
07 FESTIVAL SUITE PART 1: FESTIVAL JUNCTION
08 FESTIVAL SUITE PART 2: BLUES TO BE THERE
09 FESTIVAL SUITE PART 3: NEWPORT UP
10 SOPHISTICATED LADY
11 DAY IN, DAY OUT
12 DIMINUENDO IN BLUE AND CRESCENDO IN BLUE
13 Ellington announcement
14 I GOT IT BAD (AND THAT AIN’T GOOD)
15 JEEP’S BLUES
CD2: Total Time: 76:40
01 TULIP OR TURNIP
03 SKIN DEEP
04 MOOD INDIGO
05 Studio rehearsal
06 Father Norman O’Connor & Duke Ellington intros [Studio]
07 FESTIVAL SUITE PART 1: FESTIVAL JUNCTION [Studio]
08 FESTIVAL SUITE PART 2: BLUES TO BE THERE [Studio]
09 FESTIVAL SUITE PART 3: NEWPORT UP [Studio]
10 I GOT IT BAD (AND THAT AIN’T GOOD) [Studio]
11 JEEP’S BLUES [Studio]
12 MARCH 19th BLUES [Studio] (*)
13 PRELUDE TO A KISS [Studio] (*)
14 MISS LUCY [Studio] (*)
15 CARAVAN [Radio broadcast] (*)
16 SOPHISTICATED LADY [Radio broadcast] (*)
17 STOMPIN’ AT THE SAVOY [Radio broadcast] (*)
(*) BONUS TRACKS