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Ellington: An Intimate Piano Session



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The scene is...311 West 57 Street, New York, Mediasounds Studio A...the date...Friday, August 25th, 1972. Duke Ellington was having an engagement with a smaller group at The Rainbow Grill, as he had several times before, finishing the gig on the following night. But on the 25th, he chose also to go to the recording studio, just himself at the piano together with his two band singers, Anita Moore and Tony Watkins, to record some pieces which were not played so often. The recordings remained in his "stockpile" until now, this being the first commercial issue of these beautiful pieces. The late Sjef Hoefsmit wrote about the session when he heard it back in 1994: "It is difficult to understand why these magnificent recordings never have been issued". Well, here they are at last - for all to enjoy! Among the gems, listeners will find tracks such as two takes of the Billy Strayhorn composition "Lotus Blossom", the Duke's own "Le Sucrier Velours" and his emotional "My Mother, My Father and Love." The latter was often performed with the Duke himself as a vocalist, reciting his own lyrics. No doubt the words meant a great deal to him, both personally and as part of his positive stories about the black communities in the USA.
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Item number SVL1018445
Barcode 717101844524
Release date 4/7/2017
Category Contemporary Jazz
Label STORYVILLE RECORDS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Non-Classical Artist Ellington, Duke
Disc: 1
The Anticipation00:03:00
1 The Anticipation 00:03:16 Ellington, Duke
Queen's Suite00:21:00
2 Queen's Suite: Le sucrier velours (Part 1) 00:04:55 Ellington, Duke
Lotus Blossom00:05:00
3 Lotus Blossom (Part 1) 00:03:46 Ellington, Duke
A Mural from Two Perspectives00:08:12
4 A Blue Mural from Two Perspectives (Part 1) 00:01:13 Ellington, Duke
I'm Afraid (Of Loving You Too Much)00:03:00
5 I'm Afraid (Of Loving You Too Much) 00:03:04 Ellington, Duke Moore, Anita
I Didn't Know About You00:03:45
6 I Didn't Know About You 00:04:01 Ellington, Duke Moore, Anita
The Uwis Suite00:07:50
7 The Uwis Suite: Loco Madi 00:00:52 Ellington, Duke Anonymous
Lotus Blossom00:05:00
8 Lotus Blossom (Part 2) 00:02:08 Ellington, Duke
New World a-Comin00:10:40
9 New World a-Comin' 00:09:24 Ellington, Duke
Queen's Suite00:21:00
10 Queen's Suite: Le sucrier velours(Part 2) 00:02:42 Ellington, Duke
Melancholia00:03:00
11 Melancholia 00:04:33 Ellington, Duke
Queen's Suite00:21:00
12 Queen's Suite: Single Petal of a Rose 00:02:45 Ellington, Duke
The Blues Ain't00:05:00
13 The Blues Ain't 00:04:45 Ellington, Duke Watkins, Tony
Come Sunday00:06:00
14 Come Sunday 00:04:56 Ellington, Duke Watkins, Tony
Heritage00:02:13
15 Heritage (My Mother, My Father and Love) 00:04:46 Ellington, Duke Watkins, Tony
A Mural from Two Perspectives00:08:12
16 A Blue Mural from Two Perspectives (Part 2) 00:01:56 Ellington, Duke
Black Swan00:09:23
17 Black Swan 00:01:56 Ellington, Duke Gaskin, Victor Davis, Wild Bill Jones, Rufus
The River00:43:00
18 The Lake 00:04:07 Ellington, Duke Gaskin, Victor Davis, Wild Bill Jones, Rufus
Satin Doll00:03:47
19 Satin Doll 00:02:27 Ellington, Duke Gaskin, Victor Davis, Wild Bill Jones, Rufus
Just Squeeze Me00:05:25
20 Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me) 00:05:47 Ellington, Duke Gaskin, Victor Davis, Wild Bill Jones, Rufus
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