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    Ella Fitzgerald and Duke EllingtonCôte D'Azur Concerts On Verve

    Label:Verve Records – 314539033-2
    Format:
    8 x CD
    Box Set, Compilation
    Country:US
    Released:
    Genre:Jazz
    Style:Swing, Big Band, Bop, Vocal

    Tracklist

    1-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraDiminuendo In Blue And Blow By Blow8:06
    1-2Duke Ellington And His OrchestraCaravan 6:06
    1-3Duke Ellington And His OrchestraRose Of The Rio Grande2:51
    1-4Duke Ellington And His OrchestraTutti For Cootie6:24
    1-5Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSkin Deep10:49
    1-6Duke Ellington And His OrchestraPassion Flower4:51
    1-7Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThing Ain't What They Used To Be3:02
    1-8Duke Ellington And His OrchestraWings And Things10:27
    1-9Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Star-crossed Lovers4:20
    1-10Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSuch Sweet Thunder3:24
    1-11Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMadness In Great Ones5:23
    1-12Duke Ellington And His OrchestraKinda Dukish And Rockin' In Rhythm5:07
    1-13Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThings Ain't What They Used To Be2:35
    2-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMain Stem3:53
    2-2Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMedley: Black And Tan Fantasy / Creole Love Call / The Mooche8:55
    2-3Duke Ellington And His OrchestraWest Indian Pancake4:45
    2-4Duke Ellington And His OrchestraEl Viti (Aka "The Matador")4:01
    2-5Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Opener3:01
    2-6Duke Ellington And His OrchestraLa Plus Belle Africaine11:50
    2-7Duke Ellington And His OrchestraAzure7:44
    2-8Duke Ellington And His OrchestraDuke Ellington Introduces Ella Fitzgerald1:05
    2-9Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldLet's Do It4:08
    2-10Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSatin Doll 3:16
    2-11Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldCotton Tail 7:07
    2-12Duke Ellington And His OrchestraTake The "A" Train 5:47
    3-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraTake The "A" Train0:55
    3-2Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSuch Sweet Thunder3:06
    3-3Duke Ellington And His OrchestraHalf The Fun4:24
    3-4Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMadness In Great Ones5:26
    3-5Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Star-crossed Lovers4:21
    3-6Duke Ellington And His OrchestraI Got It Bad And That Ain't Good 2:18
    3-7Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThings Ain't What They Used To Be2:28
    3-8Duke Ellington And His OrchestraWings And Things8:26
    3-9Duke Ellington And His OrchestraKinda Dukish And Rockin' In Rhythm5:10
    3-10Duke Ellington And His OrchestraChelsea Bridge 4:18
    3-11Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSkin Deep 12:12
    3-12Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSophisticated Lady 4:13
    3-13Duke Ellington And His OrchestraJam With Sam 3:19
    3-14Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThings Ain't What They Used To Be 2:10
    4-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSoul Call2:41
    4-2Duke Ellington And His OrchestraWest Indian Pancake4:37
    4-3Duke Ellington And His OrchestraEl Viti (Aka "The Matador") - Incomplete1:19
    4-4Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Opener 3:08
    4-5Duke Ellington And His OrchestraLa Plus Belle Africaine 13:23
    4-6Duke Ellington And His OrchestraTake The "A" Train4:54
    4-7Duke Ellington And His OrchestraTrombonio-Bustoso-Issimo4:21
    4-8Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSuch Sweet Thunder3:11
    4-9Duke Ellington And His OrchestraHalf The Fun4:15
    4-10Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMadness In Great Ones4:44
    4-11Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Star-crossed Lovers4:20
    4-12Duke Ellington And His OrchestraPrelude To A Kiss 4:26
    4-13Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThings Ain't What They Used To Be2:47
    5-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues11:29
    5-2Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldThou Swell - Incomplete1:39
    5-3Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSatin Doll 2:42
    5-4Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldWives And Lovers2:22
    5-5Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSomething To Live For4:13
    5-6Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldLet's Do It4:06
    5-7Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldThe More I See You 3:57
    5-8Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldGoin' Out Of My Head 3:01
    5-9Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSó Danço Samba (Jazz Samba)5:49
    5-10Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldLullaby Of Birdland 2:53
    5-11Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldHow Long Has This Been Going On?3:07
    5-12Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldMack The Knife (Orig., "Moritat" From Die Dreigroschenoper)5:01
    6-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMedley: Black And Tan Fantasy / Creole Love Call / The Mooche9:42
    6-2Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSoul Call 4:33
    6-3Duke Ellington And His OrchestraWest Indian Pancake 4:43
    6-4Duke Ellington And His OrchestraEl Viti (Aka "The Matador")4:09
    6-5Duke Ellington And His OrchestraLa Plus Belle Africaine 12:30
    6-6Duke Ellington And His OrchestraSuch Sweet Thunder 3:12
    6-7Duke Ellington And His OrchestraHalf The Fun4:20
    6-8Duke Ellington And His OrchestraMadness In Great Ones5:00
    6-9Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Star-crossed Lovers4:08
    6-10Duke Ellington And His OrchestraWings And Things3:22
    6-11Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThings Ain't What They Used To Be1:58
    6-12Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldThou Swell 2:00
    6-13Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSatin Doll 2:42
    6-14Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldWives And Lovers 2:29
    6-15Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSomething To Live For 3:23
    6-16Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldLet's Do It3:26
    7-1Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSweet Georgia Brown 3:36
    7-2Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldGoin' Out Of My Head 3:34
    7-3Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldSó Danço Samba (Jazz Samba)6:07
    7-4Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldLullaby Of Birdland3:06
    7-5Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldMoment Of Truth
    7-6Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldMisty 3:26
    7-7Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldMack The Knife 5:36
    7-8Duke Ellington And His Orchestra With Ella FitzgeraldCotton Tail 7:13
    7-9Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Trip (Aka "High Passage")4:44
    7-10Duke Ellington And His OrchestraJive Jam 9:34
    7-11Duke Ellington And His OrchestraAll Too Soon 7:18
    7-12Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues 7:18
    7-13Duke Ellington And His OrchestraIt Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) 7:14
    7-14Duke Ellington And His OrchestraJust Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) 4:27
    Rehearsal
    8-1Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues1:09
    8-2Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues1:31
    8-3Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues - Instructions1:50
    8-4Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues1:11
    8-5Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues2:40
    8-6Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues3:38
    8-7Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues - Instructions2:00
    8-8Duke Ellington And His OrchestraBlue Fuse No. 2 - Preparation1:39
    8-9Duke Ellington And His OrchestraBlue Fuse No. 2 0:44
    8-10Duke Ellington And His OrchestraBlue Fuse No. 1 0:37
    8-11Duke Ellington And His OrchestraBlue Fuse No. 10:51
    8-12Duke Ellington And His OrchestraBlue Fuse No. 12:57
    8-13Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Shepherd 2:33
    8-14Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues 4:44
    8-15Duke Ellington And His OrchestraThe Old Circus Train Turn-around Blues - Complete Rehearsal Reading8:07
    8-16Duke Ellington And His OrchestraTingling Is A Happiness 4:00
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    Notes

    Recorded 1-1 – 1-13 July 26; 2-1 – 3-14, 8-16 July 27; 4-1 – 5-12, 8-1 – 8-15 July 28; 6-1 – 7-14 July 29, 1966.

    This eight-CD set is a sleek affair, packaged in a plain-Jane, silver-ribbed box with just a peephole in the center. The peephole, though, looks in on the fluorescent jewel cases, each of which faithfully reproduces fantastic Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald sets from July 1966 at France's Cote d'Azur. The Ellington tunes show his orchestra in long form, taking multiple sets (with some tune repetition across the CDs) and thriving in Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's tightly scripted ensemble sections. This is some fairly standard Ellington for the era, with hard-flying solos from Paul Gonsalves and myriad others. What's great is the ability to really dig in to the band, hear it work, set after set, on the tunes and the polyphonic interplay of the ensemble's sections. And then there's the eighth CD, which presents a band rehearsal with Ellington doing what drove some mad: humming sections to instruct the band, calling out key changes quickly and sounding altogether like a practitioner of an oral tradition in musical pedagogy. It's awesome to hear him and the band, banter and all. Then there are the Ella Fitzgerald sets, which are possibly the better portion here. Fitzgerald sounds mightily driven, sometimes almost boundary breaking in her execution. Vocally, she's both tight and loose, brimming with turns of phrase and belting lyrics with popping exactness. The dates caught on this box aren't regarded as the greatest for either of the marquee artists, but in terms of the sheer quality of music and their fullness of vision, Fitzgerald's tunes vie with anything else she did in her career. Sure, many of the tunes are fast and jumping, but their propulsion is largely thanks to Fitzgerald's heightened sense of play. The spiral-bound booklet accompanying this box set is a treat, with all its pop-art slyness and off-the-cuff frankness. --Andrew Bartlett

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    • Barcode (on shrinkwrap): 731453903326

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    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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    Côte D'Azur Concerts On Verve (8×CD, Compilation, Deluxe Edition, Box Set)Verve Records314 539 033-2 QS01US1998

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