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Ellingtonat Newport 1956 (complete) by Duke Ellington

If you have a copy of the original recording you probably assume it contains the actual sounds of the Newport concert. Wrong! Most of it was put together in the studio. "Why ?" you say. Well, the spectacular Paul Gonsalves twenty-seven chorus solo on Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue had been recorded off-mike and Columbia wanted to try again. In the studio, Duke wouldn't allow. However they did add recreated announcements, phony applause and redid the "Newport Jazz Festival Suite".

As it turned out, Gonsalves had actually played into the "wrong" mike, that of the Voice of America. On this two CD release, taken from the VOA material, you will hear that mind-blowing solo like you have never heard it before. Plus, for the first time, hat spectacular concert as actually performed. including Duke's comments and the roar of the crowd, followed by the studio-recorded material.

This one is a must for those who love Duke (madly or otherwise).You are there!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Duke Ellington
  • CD Title: Ellingtonat Newport 1956 (complete)
  • Genre: Other
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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