Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Phase

I posted previously about the work of remastering engineer Dave Bennett for the Avid label here.

Well now, the 'next phase' (I use the term advisedly) of his work on remastering Ellington recordings is about to be released with the two double CD sets illustrated above.

Apparently, the stereo imaging of the original albums was out of phase and this has been corrected by Dave Bennett on these new releases. The engineer must be working from LP pressings or earlier CD releases (probably LPs) since the original master tapes would not be accessible to a 'grey ;abel' Eiropean-based company like Avid. And I'd be surprised if the sound can be bettered over the recent Analogue productions SACD releases of the two Ellington/ Hodges albums, but we shall see. Details of the releases may be found here and here.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Night Creature

A great friend of this blog runs the Youtube channel Reminiscing in Tempo.

Here is one of his latest uploads, a rare recording of Ellington's Night Creature conducted by Myung Wung Chung. Many thanks!

Sunday, February 15, 2015



18 November, 1958, Teatrico Alfieri, Turin
Cat Anderson, Harold Baker(t); Clark Terry(t,fl); Ray Nance(t,vl,v); Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders(tb); Jimmy Hamilton(cl,ts);
Russell Procope(cl,as); Johnny Hodges(as); Paul Gonsalves(ts); Harry Carney(cl,as,bar); Duke Ellington(p); Jimmy Woode(sb); Sam Woodyard(d); Ozzie Bailey(v)
Take The "A" Train   
Black And Tan Fantasy         
Creole Love Call         
The Mooche   
Newport Up   
Sonnet To Hank Cinq 
What Else Can You Do With A Drum? - vOB           
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - vOB    
Jeep's Blues    
All Of Me        
El Gato           
Stompy Jones 
Hi Fi Fo Fum  
1. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 
2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me           
3. Don't You Know I Care      
4. In A Sentimental Mood      
5. Mood Indigo           
6. I'm Beginning To See The Light     
7. Sophisticated Lady 
8. Caravan      
9. I Got It Bad
10. Just Squeeze Me - vRN     
11. It Don't Mean A Thing - vRN       
12. Satin Doll 
13. Solitude - vOB      
14. I Let A Song & Don't Get Around Much   
Diminuendo In Blue   
Wailing Interval        
Crescendo In Blue (not included on this video)      

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pennies for the Guy

A snip at $405,000 (or £263,089.52), the Levin Deluxe guitar which was the property of Fred Guy is presently for sale on Ebay.

The vendor writes:

"This is the 1938 Levin De Luxe guitar previously owned by Fred Guy of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. And the same guitar that Django Reinhardt was holding in the famed black and white pictures taken backstage at a Duke Ellington concert in 1946 (pictures taken by William Gottlieb).

This guitar was shown in the Django Reinhardt Swing Event at the Cite de la Musique in Paris, France (2012-13).

It has been featured in many guitar magazines, and the picture of Django Reinhardt holding the guitar is the most used picture of Django.

This 1938 Levin De Luxe guitar has traveled over the past years, and has a lot of history. If you want to see more information about this guitar just type in Petrin Vintage Guitars in Google to get to the special web page devoted to this remarkable guitar. Over the years I have listed this guitar on Ebay and have received tons of valuable information, stories, and learned some new history about this guitar (so keep the information coming, it is very much appreciated). The guitar is currently priced "not to sell" and I am not expecting any "concrete" bids at this point - but you never know what can happen these days? Please email with any additional information or questions. Serious inquiries only about purchasing the guitar. "

Full details are here.    

Monday, February 9, 2015

Chansons d'amour

A new five disc set of popular songs composed by Duke Ellington will be released by Cristal Records on 16 February, 2015. The box set will comprise original recordings by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra as well as more recent recordings by the Duke Orchestra of Laurent Mignard. The set may be pre-ordered here. The set list is available on the  version téléchargement mp3  here