Duke Ellington

The Treasury Shows, Vol. 5

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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 01:03 Amazon
2 04:29 Amazon
3 03:26 Amazon
4
01:14 Amazon
5 02:53 Amazon
6 04:02 Amazon
7 04:37 Amazon
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01:00 Amazon
9 02:48 Amazon
10 01:35 Amazon
11 00:46 Amazon
12 05:26 Amazon
13 06:11 Amazon
14 03:37 Amazon
15 02:34 Amazon
16 03:14 Amazon
17
01:10 Amazon
18 03:09 Amazon
19 02:01 Amazon
20 01:34 Amazon
21 00:37 Amazon
22 02:58 Amazon
23 03:51 Amazon
24 02:29 Amazon
25
01:56 Amazon
26 03:59 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:36 Amazon
2 03:49 Amazon
3 03:14 Amazon
4 02:31 Amazon
5 00:54 Amazon
6 03:41 Amazon
7
01:05 Amazon
8 02:41 Amazon
9 03:45 Amazon
10 03:01 Amazon
11 03:34 Amazon
12 03:14 Amazon
13
01:10 Amazon
14 03:14 Amazon
15 01:09 Amazon
16 00:15 Amazon
17
00:19 Amazon
18 02:49 Amazon
19 03:50 Amazon
20 03:45 Amazon
21 04:07 Amazon
22 03:04 Amazon
23 03:31 Amazon
24 03:19 Amazon
25
01:06 Amazon
26 02:37 Amazon
27 00:27 Amazon
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