Saturday, October 29, 2011
A Record a Week: Duke Ellington (& Others) - Original Big Band Sounds
UPPER MANHATTAN MEDICAL GROUP (Duke Ellington)
BIG ROCK CANDY MOUTAIN (Johnny Long)
IN THE SHADE OF THE OLD APPLE TREE (Art Mooney)
ARKANSAS TRAVELER (Ray Block)
AUTUMN (Lionel Hampton)
UNBOOTED CHARACTER (Duke Ellington)
MEET ME TONIGHT IN DREAMLAND (Ray Block)
HAWAIIAN HOOPLA (Johnny Long)
SHINE ON HARVEST MOON (Art Mooney)
STARRY NIGHT (Lionel Hampton)
This record contains less of Duke Ellington's earlier career and more of his big band/bandleading days. I suppose, though that there are only 2 songs of his, so there is a much smaller sampling size. Also of note, Lionel Hampton seems to have gotten the shaft, being the only one who never gets a higher position than last on both sides.
The opening song has a Jazz club feel to it, though the rest sound like more typical big band shows. I really like the Ellington stuff and basically anything instrumental on the album. I don't have anything particularly bad to say about Hampton, so I'm not sure what made him get the short end of the song listing stick.