Cote d'Azur Concerts on Verve [Box]

Cote D'azur Concerts On Verve [Box]


This is an eight-CD set more for Duke Ellington fanatics than for general listeners. Originally, some of the music came out as a two-LP set (Ella and Duke at the Cote D'Azur) and a single album (Ellington's Soul Call), but the great majority of the material was previously unreleased when this box came out in 1998. It contains all of the existing music from four concerts performed in France in 1966. Although Ella Fitzgerald gets first billing, she is only on 28 selections and is completely absent from discs one, three, four and eight, having just three songs on disc two. The 1966 Duke Ellington Orchestra included trumpeters Cootie Williams and Cat Anderson, trombonist Lawrence Brown and the remarkable reed section of Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves and Harry Carney; they are fortunately in fine form throughout, playing some standards but also plenty of lesser-known concert material including selections from "Such Sweet Thunder." Two of Ellington's alumni, cornetist Ray Nance and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster, make notable guest appearances on the July 29 concert. The first seven discs are from four concerts, many selections are repeated, and even the verbal introductions by Duke tend to be similar -- but Ellington scholars will love comparing the different versions. The eighth disc has a rehearsal by the Ellington band from July 28 as the musicians run through "The Old Circus Train Turn-Around Blues," "Blue Fuse No. 1 and 2" and "The Shepherd." Ellington, producer Norman Granz and some of the musicians are heard commenting along the way. All of the music (except for a final version of "The Old Circus Train") is just excerpts from the arrangements. This disc is worth listening to closely once, but it is for the multiple live performances that Duke's fans will most want the box; pity that Ellington received second billing! ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Bloomingdale
  • Seller rating:
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 731453903326


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Track listings

  • Disc 1:
  • 1. Diminuendo In Blue / Blow By Blow
  • 2. Caravan
  • 3. Rose Of The Rio Grande
  • 4. Tutti For Cootie
  • 5. Skin Deep
  • 6. Passion Flower
  • 7. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • 8. Wings And Things
  • 9. Star Crossed Lovers, The
  • 10. Such Sweet Thunder
  • 11. Madness In Great Ones
  • 12. Kinda Dukish / Rockin' In Rhythm
  • 13. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • Disc 2:
  • 1. Main Stem
  • 2. Black And Tan Fantasy / Creole Love Call / The Mooche
  • 3. West Indian Pancake
  • 4. El Viti
  • 5. Opener, The
  • 6. La Plus Belle Africane
  • 7. Azure
  • 8. Duke Ellington Introduces Ella Fitzgerald
  • 9. Let's Do It
  • 10. Satin Doll
  • 11. Cotton Tail
  • 12. Take The A Train
  • Disc 3:
  • 1. Take The A Train
  • 2. Such Sweet Thunder
  • 3. Half The Fun
  • 4. Madness In Great Ones
  • 5. Star Crossed Lovers, The
  • 6. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
  • 7. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • 8. Wings And Things
  • 9. Kinda Dukish / Rockin' In Rhythm
  • 10. Chelsea Bridge
  • 11. Skin Deep
  • 12. Sophisticated Lady
  • 13. Jam With Sam
  • 14. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • Disc 4:
  • 1. Soul Call
  • 2. West Indian Pancake
  • 3. El Viti (A.K.A. The Matador)
  • 4. Opener, The
  • 5. La Plus Belle Africaine
  • 6. Take The A Train
  • 7. Trombonio Bustoso Issimo
  • 8. Such Sweet Thunder
  • 9. Half The Fun
  • 10. Madness In Great Ones
  • 11. Star Crossed Lovers, The
  • 12. Prelude To A Kiss
  • 13. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • Disc 5:
  • 1. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 2. Thou Swell (Incomplete)
  • 3. Satin Doll
  • 4. Wives And Lovers
  • 5. Something To Live For
  • 6. Let's Do It
  • 7. More I See You, The
  • 8. Goin Out Of My Head
  • 9. So Danco Samba (Jazz Samba)
  • 10. Lullaby Of Birdland
  • 11. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  • 12. Mack The Knife (Orig. Moritat, From Die Dreigroschenoper)
  • Disc 6:
  • 1. Black And Tan Fantasy / Creole Love Call / The Mooche
  • 2. Soul Call
  • 3. West Indian Pancake
  • 4. El Viti (A.K.A. The Matador)
  • 5. La Plus Belle Africaine
  • 6. Such Sweet Thunder
  • 7. Half The Fun
  • 8. Madness In Great Ones
  • 9. Star Crossed Lovers, The
  • 10. Wings And Things
  • 11. Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • 12. Thou Swell
  • 13. Satin Doll
  • 14. Wives And Lovers
  • 15. Something To Live For
  • 16. Let's Do It
  • Disc 7:
  • 1. Sweet Georgia Brown
  • 2. Goin' Out Of My Head
  • 3. So Danco Samba (Jazz Samba)
  • 4. Lullaby Of Birdland
  • 5. Moment Of Truth
  • 6. Misty
  • 7. Mack The Knife
  • 8. Cotton Tail
  • 9. Trip, The
  • 10. Jive Jam
  • 11. All Too Soon
  • 12. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 13. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  • 14. Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me)
  • Disc 8: Rehearsal:
  • 1. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 2. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 3. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The (Instructions Instrumental)
  • 4. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 5. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 6. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The
  • 7. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The (Instructions)
  • 8. Blue Fuse No. 2 (Preparation)
  • 9. Blue Fuse No. 2
  • 10. Blue Fuse No. 1
  • 11. Blue Fuse No. 1
  • 12. Blue Fuse No. 1
  • 13. Shepherd, The
  • 14. Old Circus Train Turn Around Blues, The (Complete Rehearsal Reading)
  • 15. Tingling Is A Happiness
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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