RELEASE
June 13, 2012
LABEL
Storyville Records

Album Review

The 16th volume of Duke Ellington's Treasury Shows from the World War II era contain two complete programs, in addition to excerpts of other transcribed broadcasts from earlier in the decade. When Ellington was given this opportunity to gain exposure for his band, when the Musician's Union recording ban kept him out of the studio, he was able to build his audience while showing his patriotism, assisting the U.S. government in the sales of war bonds, and reading several fundraising scripts during the show. A typical program included hits, pop songs, new compositions, and occasional guests. Both shows are from November 1945; although the war was over, bond sales were still emphasized to pay for care and rehabilitation of wounded veterans, rebuilding efforts overseas, and to keep inflation down with the sudden increase in the money supply. The pristine condition of the source transcription discs and excellent recording make these shows of special interest to Ellington collectors. One of the highlights of the first show include "Frustration," a feature for Harry Carney's robust baritone sax that remained in the band book for 15 years, though performed only sporadically. "9.20 Special," penned by Count Basie tenor saxophonist Earle Warren as a feature for Coleman Hawkins, marks the leader's affinity for train songs, having written a few of his own. Johnny Hodges' "Crosstown" was premiered on this occasion, though this playful jump tune disappeared from the book after a few performances. Ellington's "Cottontail" had a long life in his repertoire; it premiered in 1940 and played until the end of his career. The tenor soloist on this version is the relatively unheralded Al Sears, who fills Ben Webster's shoes very well, in addition to an energetic trumpet solo by Cat Anderson. The second show, recorded the following week, is marked by two personnel changes: the arrival of the accomplished bassist Oscar Pettiford and the loss of star trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton, who had suffered a stroke. Pettiford shines in the solo spotlight of "Jack the Bear," written as a show piece for bassist Jimmy Blanton, whose career and life were cut short by tuberculosis. The pop song "I Can't Begin to Tell You" offers an opportunity to hear Carney's skills as a bass clarinet soloist. This Treasury broadcast ends after roughly a half-hour, evidently truncated by a football broadcast. The remaining material comes from various air checks in 1943 and 1945, though the audio quality isn't at the level of the Treasury Shows. The notable tracks include the exotic "Bakiff" featuring Ray Nance on violin, and a romp through "Ring Dem Bells." But the brief (and sometimes interrupted) songs, along with a dreadful, condescending interview of Ellington by a hapless announcer, make these portions less noteworthy.
Ken Dryden, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Take the 'A' Train/Broadcast Introhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'http://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Take the 'A' Train (Theme)http://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. 9:20 Specialhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Frustrationhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Ellington Bond Promohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Jenniehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Dancing in the Darkhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Crosstownhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Passion Flowerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Bond Promohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Victory Drivehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Get on Board Little Childrenhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Take the 'A' Train (Theme)/Broadcast Returnhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Black, Brown & Beige (Come Sunday, Light)http://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Ellington Bond Promohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. 11:60 P.M.http://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Tell It To a Starhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. Cotton Tailhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Waiting For the Train To Come Inhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Star Spangled Banner/Broadcast Closinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Subtle Sloughhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. Main Stemhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. Bakiffhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Take the 'A' Train (Theme)/Broadcast Introhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Walking With My Honeyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Jack the Bearhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Autumn Serenadehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Ellington Bond Promohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. Tell It To a Starhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Hey Diddle Diddlehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. I Can't Begin To Tell Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. How Deep is the Oceanhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. The Wonder of Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. Victory Drivehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. As Long As I Live/Broadcast Closinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. Take the 'A' Trainhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Interview With Duke Ellingtonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. The Canteen Bouncehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Perdidohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Interview With Duke Ellingtonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Hayfoot, Strawfoothttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  44. Don't Get Around Much Anymorehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  45. Interview With Duke Ellingtonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  46. A Slip of the Liphttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  47. Things Ain't What They Used To Behttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  48. Interview With Duke Ellingtonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  49. Ring Dem Bellshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  50. Moon Misthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  51. C Jame Blueshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  52. It Don't Mean a Thinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  53. Tonight I Shall Sleephttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  54. Ring Dem Bellshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  55. Don't Get Around Much Anymorehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  56. Things Ain't What They Used To Behttp://itunes.apple.com/album/treasury-shows-vol.-16-part/id538252802?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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