The Treasury Shows, Vol. 5

Duke Ellington

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The Treasury Shows, Vol. 5 Review

by Ken Dryden

This two-CD set, like others in the Treasury Show series, compiles several programs aired during 1945. With a mix of hits from the vast Ellington songbook, pop songs, a few obscurities, and even a few war bond promos read somewhat nervously by Duke Ellington himself, these live sets might not exactly be programmed like a typical band set during that timeframe, but the music is enjoyable. Johnny Hodges, the star alto saxophonist, shines in "Mood to be Wooed," while the brisk "Blues on the Double" showcases new trumpeter Cat Anderson scorching the stratosphere complemented by Al Sears' lively tenor sax. Harry Carney is featured on bass clarinet in the little known "Walking With My Honey," while Ray Nance jives his way through the vocals to "Riff Staccato." There are a number of vocal features for the likes of Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Marie Ellington, and Al Hibbler. But it is hard to top the swinging finale of the second disc, a rousing "C Jam Blues." These well-recorded transcriptions provided excellent source material for this recommended compilation.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington 01:03 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington 04:29 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington 03:26 Amazon
4
Duke Ellington 01:14 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington 02:53 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington 04:02 Amazon
7 Duke Ellington 04:37 Amazon
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Duke Ellington 01:00 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington 02:48 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington 01:35 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington 00:46 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington 05:26 Amazon
13 Duke Ellington 06:11 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington 03:37 Amazon
15 Duke Ellington 02:34 Amazon
16 Duke Ellington 03:14 Amazon
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Duke Ellington 01:10 Amazon
18 Duke Ellington 03:09 Amazon
19 Duke Ellington 02:01 Amazon
20 Duke Ellington 01:34 Amazon
21 Duke Ellington 00:37 Amazon
22 Duke Ellington 02:58 Amazon
23 Duke Ellington 03:51 Amazon
24 Duke Ellington 02:29 Amazon
25
Duke Ellington 01:56 Amazon
26 Duke Ellington 03:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Duke Ellington 03:36 Amazon
2 Duke Ellington 03:49 Amazon
3 Duke Ellington 03:14 Amazon
4 Duke Ellington 02:31 Amazon
5 Duke Ellington 00:54 Amazon
6 Duke Ellington 03:41 Amazon
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Duke Ellington 01:05 Amazon
8 Duke Ellington 02:41 Amazon
9 Duke Ellington 03:45 Amazon
10 Duke Ellington 03:01 Amazon
11 Duke Ellington 03:34 Amazon
12 Duke Ellington 03:14 Amazon
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Duke Ellington 01:10 Amazon
14 Duke Ellington 03:14 Amazon
15 Duke Ellington 01:09 Amazon
16 Duke Ellington 00:15 Amazon
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Duke Ellington 00:19 Amazon
18 Duke Ellington 02:49 Amazon
19 Duke Ellington 03:50 Amazon
20 Duke Ellington 03:45 Amazon
21 Duke Ellington 04:07 Amazon
22 Duke Ellington 03:04 Amazon
23 Duke Ellington 03:31 Amazon
24 Duke Ellington 03:19 Amazon
25
Duke Ellington 01:06 Amazon
26 Duke Ellington 02:37 Amazon
27 Duke Ellington 00:27 Amazon
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