In Coventry, 1966 (Remastered) Duke Ellington
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- 1New World A-Comin09:11
- 2Come Sunday05:56
- 3Light (Montage)05:42
- 4Come Easter03:38
- 5Tell Me It's the Truth03:22
- 6In the Beginning God20:38
- 7West Indian Pancake05:02
- 8La Plus Belle Africaine12:02
Info for In Coventry, 1966 (Remastered)
During the year of 1966 Duke Ellington was touring Europe. Duke Ellington s sacred concerts had many incarnations, more than the three on the commercial records: The First (1965), The Second (1968) and The Third (1973). At concerts Ellington often made changes in the proceedings left out some numbers, and played others, and altered the succession of numbers played. This was evidenced at Coventry Cathedral on a winter s Monday, February 21st 1966. The Coventry concert had its centerpiece in In The Beginning God , but apart from that it was no ordinary sacred concert: Two numbers, Come Sunday and Tell Me It s The Truth would have a vocal on the issued record and in other performances of A Concert of Sacred Music the previous year, but were purely instrumental here and the two numbers following In The Beginning God had no connection to a religious theme. With him on that day in Coventry Cathedral were some highly professional British vocalists, The Cliff Adams Singers and the baritone singer George Webb, giving the performance a special quality, which the band acknowledged by playing on the top of their game. The concert was filmed for TV, and part of it was telecast. Two numbers were regrettably omitted from the TV production, but are on this album, a powerful version of Light (Montage) from Black, Brown And Beige, and the above-mentioned Come Sunday. The concert also includes a premiere and only performance of a new Ellington composition Come Easter, a premiere of another new Ellington piece West Indian Pancake, and one of the first performances of a piece which would become an important part of many concerts during the following years, La Plus Belle Africaine.
Duke Ellington, piano
Willie “Cat” Anderson, trumpet
Cootie Williams, trumpet
Herbie Jones, trumpet
Mercer Ellington, trumpet
Lawrence Brown, trombone
Buster Cooper, trombone
Chuck Conners, bass trombone
Russell Procope, alto saxophone, clarinet
Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone
Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone
Harry Carney, baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet
John Lamb, double bass
Sam Woodyard, drums
George Webb, vocals
Cliff Adams Singers, vocals
called his music 'American Music' rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as 'beyond category. He remains one of the most influential figures in jazz, if not in all American music and is widely considered as one of the twentieth century's best known African American personalities. As both a composer and a band leader, Ellington's reputation has increased since his death, with thematic repackaging of his signature music often becoming best-sellers. Posthumous recognition of his work include a special award citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.
Duke Ellington influenced millions of people both around the world and at home. He gave American music its own sound for the first time. In his fifty year career, he played over 20,000 performances in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East as well as Asia.
Simply put, Ellington transcends boundaries and fills the world with a treasure trove of music that renews itself through every generation of fans and music-lovers. His legacy continues to live onand will endure for generations to come. Winton Marsalis said it best when he said 'His music sounds like America.' Because of the unmatched artistic heights to which he soared, no one deserved the phrase “beyond category” more than Ellington, for it aptly describes his life as well. He was most certainly one of a kind that maintained a lifestyle with universal appeal which transcended countless boundaries.
Duke Ellington is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed during his lifetime. His best known titles include; 'It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing', 'Sophisticated Lady', 'Mood Indigo', “Solitude', 'In a Mellotone', and 'Satin Doll'. The most amazing part about Ellington was the most creative while he was on the road. It was during this time when he wrote his most famous piece, 'Mood Indigo'which brought him world wide fame.
Duke Ellington's popular compositions set the bar for generations of brilliant jazz, pop, theatre and soundtrack composers to come. While these compositions guarantee his greatness, what makes Duke an iconoclastic genius, and an unparalleled visionary, what has granted him immortality are his extended suites. From 1943's Black, Brown and Beige to 1972's The Uwis Suite, Duke used the suite format to give his jazz songs a far more empowering meaning, resonance and purpose: to exalt, mythologize and re-contextualize the African-American experience on a grand scale.
Duke Ellington was partial to giving brief verbal accounts of the moods his songs captured. Reading those accounts is like looking deep into the background of an old photo of New York and noticing the lost and almost unaccountable details that gave the city its character during Ellington's heyday, which began in 1927 when his band made the Cotton Club its home. ''The memory of things gone,'' Ellington once said, ''is important to a jazz musician,'' and the stories he sometimes told about his songs are the record of those things gone. But what is gone returns, its pulse kicking, when Ellington's music plays, and never mind what past it is, for the music itself still carries us forward today.
Duke Ellington was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. He was later awarded several other prizes, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the Legion of Honor by France in 1973, the highest civilian honors in each country. He died of lung cancer and pneumonia on May 24, 1974, a month after his 75th birthday, and is buried in the Bronx, in New York City. At his funeral attended by over 12,000 people at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Ella Fitzgerald summed up the occasion, 'It's a very sad day...A genius has passed.'
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