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Helsinki 1963 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the House of Culture, Helsinki, Finland; February 5, 1963. Very good web stream.

Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death [in 1974] over a career spanning more than six decades. Although widely considered to have been a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington embraced the phrase “beyond category” as a liberating principle and referred to his music as part of the more general category of American Music rather than to a musical genre such as jazz. - wikipedia

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Thanks to Lewojazz; Marc; and goody for sharing the show at Dime.

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from the Series of Jazz Legends in Finland by the finnish radio Station Yle-1

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Disc 1 (Set 1)
Track 101. Intro 0:21
Track 102. Take the A Train (by Billy Strayhorn) 0:55
Track 103. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:27
Track 104. Asphalt Jungle Theme (Duke Ellington) 4:25
Track 105. annoucement - Duke Ellington 1:09
Track 106. Guitar Amour (Duke Ellington) 6:35
Track 107. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:09
Track 108. Jam with Sam (Duke Ellington) 3:50
Track 109. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:10
Track 110. Cop-out + Cop-out Extension (Duke Ellington) 7:38
Track 111. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:22
Track 112. New Concerto for Cootie (Cootie Williams) 2:42
Track 113. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:36
Track 114. Star-Crossed Lovers (Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn) 4:20
Track 115. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:10
Track 116. Perdido (Juan Tizol) 10:16
Track 117. One More Once - Milt Grayson, vocals (Duke Ellington) 3:38
Track 118. Take the A Train 0:39
49 mins

Disc 2 (Set 2)
Track 201. Take the A Train (by Billy Strayhorn) 1:0
Track 202. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:45
Track 203. Bula/Afro Bossa (Duke Ellington) 4:31
Track 204. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:11
Track 205. Kinda Dukish/Rockin’ in Rhythm (Duke Ellington) 6:02
Track 206. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:20
Track 207. Caline/Silk Lace (Duke Ellington) 4:37
Track 208. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:12
Track 209. The Eight Veil (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) 2:46
Track 210. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:20
Track 211. Pyramid (Duke Ellington, Juan Tizol) 4:00
Track 212. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:17
Track 213. New Concerto for Cootie (Cootie Williams) 2:44
Track 214. Tootie for Cootie (Duke Ellington) 5:04
Track 215. Things Ain’t What They Used To Be (Mercer Ellington) 3:17
Track 216. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:16
Track 217. Perdido (Juan Tizol) 12:24
Track 218. The Blues (Duke Ellington) 3:45
Track 219. Do Nothin ‘Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington, San. Bob Russell) 5:22
Track 220. annoucement - Duke Ellington 0:47
Track 221. Caravan (Juan Tizol) 6:40
Track 222. Take the A Train 0:43
66 mins

Duke Ellington - piano
Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Roy Burrows, Ray Nance (also violin) - trumpet
Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors - trombone
Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney - saxophone
Ernie Shepard - bass
Sam Woodyard - drums
Milt Grayson - vocals

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  1. 23 Responses to “JAZZ ON SUNDAY: DUKE ELLINGTON - HELSINKI 1963”

  2. Real old school jazz finally by an all time great jazz master . Duke is in the top ten jazz artists of all time . Certainly much different than these modern day so called jazz abominations that aren’t jazz at all .

    By Smashmouth on Mar 22, 2020

  3. Duke has great sidemen as well . All tremendous jazz musicians.

    By Smashmouth on Mar 22, 2020

  4. The classic lineup. Guitar Amour was written for the 1961 one film Paris Blues, for which Duke was nominated for an Oscar for best original score. Paul Newman and Sidney Poitier play jazz musicians in Paris (where African Americans, particularly artists) have been more accepted) but consider returning to the US when they fall in love with vacationing women played by Dihann Carroll (who in real life was having a thing with the married Poitier) and Joanne Woodward (Newman’s real-life wife). Louis Armstrong also appears in the film, which is a must for jazz fans although not among either Newman’s or Poitier’s classic films. Download this; the classic Duke lineup with Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves, among others.

    By Tony Pizza on Mar 22, 2020

  5. Guitar Amour was written for Paris Blues, a film starring Sidney Poitier and Paul Newman which earned Duke an Oscar nomination for best original score. Louis Armstrong also appears in the film, which addresses two Paris jazz musicians (Paul and Sidney) who meet two vacationing Americans (Joanne Woodward, Newman’s wife, and Dihann Carroll who was having a fling at the time with the married Poitier). They decide whether to stay in Paris, more friendly to African-Americans especially musicians, or go back to the US with its civil unrest. A worthwhile film if you like jazz although not among either iconic actor’s greatest films. (Although they are both good in it, especially Newman who channels Marlon Brando.)

    By Tony Pizza on Mar 22, 2020

  6. I saw Paris Blues , it was great , Newman and Portier were terrific .

    By Smashmouth on Mar 22, 2020

  7. R. I . P Kenny Rogers 1938 2020 The gambler picked a not so fine time to leave us Lucille. Country legend and before that with his band the first edition . Another great one gone .

    By Bill on Mar 22, 2020


    By John on Mar 22, 2020

  9. Too bad bout Kenny Rogers . Cept for Lucille ‘ never got into his all country shit . I remember his 60s and early 70s shit like , Ruby don’t take your love to town , Something’s burning, Tell it all brother , heed the call , what condition my condition was in and more . Lots of youth memories. A motherfuckin bummer that he’s gone .

    By Derrick on Mar 22, 2020

  10. They was called Kenny Rogers and the first edition, before he started doin all country.

    By Derrick on Mar 22, 2020

  11. Think tell it all brother was a anti war song . Remember it and something burning came out in 1970 during the fuckin Vietnam war

    By Derrick on Mar 22, 2020

  12. Agreed Derrick, the Fiest Edition was a psych band so far as i remember.

    Im not a big fan of C & W myself.

    By Brian Griffin on Mar 22, 2020

  13. wow comments by first two posters S.Mouth and Tony P that are intelligent and on point reminds me of big O’s glory days …thanks gentlemen
    how did this blog sink so low ???

    By woodpeckerdeadwood on Mar 22, 2020

  14. Rumor has it Duke had a Big Un

    By U L E on Mar 23, 2020

  15. Of course

    By U L E on Mar 23, 2020

  16. I was at the ripe age of 6 years old, when Duke visited Finlad’s Capital, Helsinki.Liked women. When asked, if he was composing till late night. Big bags under his eyes, answered ; ” I was foolin’ around with three young ladies all night ! ” A BIG THANK YOU !!!!!!!!

    By Arto Parviainen on Mar 23, 2020

  17. @woodpeckerdeadwood

    What you got here is (1) word for word what that bozo Smashmouth says about any jazz. As it happens, I agree with him in this case
    (2) something Pizza face has copied off some website. Intellectual it ain’t. If you want
    Clever, college boy standard comment, then @Mark is your boy if you can stand his self satisfaction and that he’s so supercilious.

    Understand now?

    By Brian Griffin on Mar 23, 2020

  18. Duke was married to a coon woman I think . None of the old school coons would ever marry a white bitch . Just sayin

    By Derrick on Mar 23, 2020

  19. Derrick, I believe Sammy Davis Jr was married to May Britt a German woman . I remember it being scandalous back in the late fifties, early sixties. It was more accepted in Europe.

    By HHH on Mar 23, 2020

  20. Correction May Britt was Swedish. Back in 1960 . JFK and Bobby asked Frank Sinatra to tell Sammy not to marry her until after the election. Interacial marriage for the most part was illegal until 1967. Wish it still was LBJ changed all that .

    By HHH on Mar 23, 2020

  21. Just think if Sammy had married her before the election. We might have had Nixon in the White House eight years earlier . People didn’t go for that race mixing shit back then . Sammy was also a black Jew .

    By HHH on Mar 23, 2020

  22. The only reason Kennedy put LBJ on the ticket was to carry the south . He and Bobby hated that country hick . Used to laugh at him behind his back . Many conspiracy theories about JFK s murder . One was that Lyndon was behind it . Jackie thought so .

    By HHH on Mar 23, 2020

  23. Think about it . Happened in Dallas Texas. Lyndon’s home state .

    By HHH on Mar 23, 2020

  24. This is a really great later Ellington performance; you can tell by the second set that they’re really enjoying themselves and Ellington stretches out calling out some of his more involved pieces. Thanks a lot for this.

    By treborij on Mar 23, 2020

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