Sunday, 19 February 2017

Piano to the foreground


An Intimate Piano Session is now shipping. Mine arrived this morning...

I am not on commission for this (!), but I can recommend Discovery Records. I was notified when it cam into stock, ordered yesterday and it arrived this morning. First class service all round!

From Storyville Records...
Previously unreleased music from the fingertips of Duke Ellington: An intimate 1972 session with the Duke on solo piano plus three bonus tracks from 1969.
The scene is 311 West 57 Street, New York, Mediasounds Studio A, Friday August 25th,1972. Duke Ellington was having an engagement with a smaller group at The Rainbow Grill, as he had 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 you'll 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.

The new CD contains three additional bonus tracks. On November 7th, 1969, Duke Ellington and his orchestra played two concerts in Rotterdam, in the famous De Doelen concert hall. The second concert of the evening was prolonged, as the public wouldn’t let Ellington go. So while the rest of the bandmembers left the stage, a quartet with Duke, Wild Bill Davis, bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Rufus Jones stayed, and played four more numbers, much to the delight of the sold-out house. You can hear the whole band concert on the Storyville CD “Rotterdam 1969” (1018440), and here we offer the ”afterparty” music by the quartet.

And here are the discographical details:
25 August, 1972, New York City

Duke Ellington(p); Anita Moore, Tony Watkins(v)
I'm Afraid      
The Anticipation       
Le Sucrier Velour     
Le Sucrier Velour (2)           
Lotus Blossom           
A Blue Mural From Two Perspectives        
I'm Afraid - vAMo      unissued
I Didn't Know About You  
I Didn't Know About You (4)- vAMo          
I Didn't Know About You    
I Didn't Know About You - vAMo   
Add Aziz Latiffe(co)
Loco Madi      
Aziz Latiffe out
Lotus Blossom (6)    
New World A-Comin’
Le Sucrier Velour     
Single Petal Of A Rose          
The Blues Ain't         
The Blues Ain't - vTW          
My Mother, My Father And Love - vTW    
My Mother, My Father And Love    
The Blues Ain't         
Come Sunday (9) - vTW     
My Mother, My Father And Love (10) - vTW       
A Blue Mural From Two Perspectives        
My Little Brown Book
And the additional tracks from Rotterdam...
7 November, 1969, Rotterdam
Duke Ellington (p); Wild Bill Davis(o); Victor Gaskin(sb); 
Rufus Jones(d)
Black Swan    
The Lake       
Satin Doll  
Just Squeeze Me  


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