Columbia record Duke Ellington and his band at the Newport Jazz Festival for ‘Ellington at Newport’ (1956)

‘Ellington at Newport’ is a live album by Duke Ellington and his band recorded on July 7, 1956 at the Newport Jazz Festival and released the same year by Columbia.


Columbia record Duke Ellington and his band at the Newport Jazz Festival for ‘Ellington at Newport’ (1956)

1 . Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue (Newport 1956)

2 . Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue (w/ Paul Gonsalves)

Track Listing : 1.Festival Junction (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 10:08 . 2.Blues To Be There (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 08:04 . 3.Newport Up (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 05:33 . 4.Jeep’S Blues (Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges) – 05:12 . 5.Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue (Duke Ellington) – 14:56

Arnold Newman

Musicians : Duke Ellington – Piano . Harry Carney – Baritone Sax . John Willie Cook – Trumpet . Paul Gonsalves – Tenor Sax . Jimmy Grissom – Voice . Jimmy Hamilton – Clarinet . Johnny Hodges – Alto Sax . Quentin Jackson – Trombone . William Cat Anderson – Trumpet . Ray Nance – Voice, Trumpet . Russell Procope – Alto Sax . John Sanders – Trombone . Clark Terry – Trumpet . James Woode – Bass . Britt Woodman – Trombone . Sam Woodyard – Drums

Production : Produced By George Avakian

Package : Arnold Newman asterisques RVM – photography . George Avakian – Liner Notes

Recorded On July 7, 1956 At The Newport Jazz Festival.

Released In 1956 By Columbia.


To Avakian’s clear recall, it was not Columbia that decided to re-record these selections because of faulty recording balance. Rather, it was Duke himself who wanted the band to have another chance at presenting itself in the best possible light. […]

The Guardian
50 great moments in jazz: Duke Ellington plays Newport jazz festival In an electrifying performance by the band, Gonsalves – who hadn’t played the piece in a whileand was initially uncertain of his way around it – played 27 improvised choruses in a raunchily R&B and gospel-inflected manner. […]

iawia @ RateYourMusic
But then it turned out that the album was a huge fake! “[It] had indeed been fabricated with studio performances mixed with some live recordings and artificial applause. Only about 40% of the 1956 recording was actually live.” […]


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