Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport - 1957 Mobile Fidelity Audiophile 1957 Jazz 180 Gr LP

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Ellington At Newport

Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Cat#: MOFI 1-035
Series: Silver Label Vinyl Series
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered, Mono
Country: US
Pressed at RTI
Sleeve notes in English
Released: 2012
Originally Released: 1957
Genre: Jazz
Style: Big Band, Swing


Newport Jazz Festival Suite

A1 Festival Junction

A2 Blues To Be There

A3 Newport Up

B1 Jeep's Blues

B2 Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue

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Recorded At – Newport Jazz Festival

In the 1950s an aging Duke Ellington was floundering in the shifting currents of popular music. The emergence of bebop, cool jazz, and rock-and-roll made Ellington's big band stylings seem dated. Younger musicians scorned him; critics panned him; and audiences ignored him. But the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival gave Ellington his shot at redemption, and he took full advantage of the opportunity. With the world of jazz gathered at his feet, Ellington delivered a masterful performance that awed critics and musicians alike, and sent the audience of 7000 into a riotous frenzy. By skillfully blending rejuvenated versions of old standards (Black and Tan Fantasy, Take the A Train, Sophisticated Lady) with breathtaking new material (Newport Jazz Festival Suite), Ellington both reestablished his jazz credentials and proved his continuing vitality.

And then he unleashed Diminuendo in Blue/Crescendo in Blue. For 14 transcendent minutes, Ellington rode the wild musical currents that had been threatening to drown him, and channeled them into a raging torrent that swept away the criticism, scorn, and indifference that he had endured for most of the 1950s. The band rocked wildly and swung subtly. They screeched loudly and moaned softly. They snarled obscenely and purred lovingly. And holding all of this together was a stunning, six minute sax solo by Paul Gonsalves that literally blew apart the phony barriers between jazz, blues, and rock-and-roll.

Columbia quickly released "Ellington at Newport" to capitalize on the Duke's success. But much of this supposedly live album was actually recorded in a studio two days after the Newport performance, complete with canned applause and spoken song introductions for the nonexistent audience. Some of the actual Newport performance made it onto "Ellington at Newport," but it too was dressed up with phony studio overdubs.

"Ellington at Newport 1956 (Complete)" gives jazz fans a chance to finally hear the Newport performance in its entirety, and without studio fakery. Columbia has married its original recording of the event to another recording made by Voice of America to produce a vibrant stereo mix that reveals previously hidden layers of nuance and detail. It's a technical marvel that provides a deeper look into the soul of America's greatest composer at his moment of deepest desperation and supreme triumph.

Duke Ellington at Newport 1956

From Ken Burns Jazz - The story of the dancing woman, Paul Gonzalves and the 27 chorus sax solo at the1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Duke Ellington - Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue

Ellington At Newport 1956 Often regarded as the best performance of his career, in 1956, Duke Ellington and his band recorded their historic concert at the Newport Jazz Festival, revitalizing Ellington's waning career. Jazz promoter George Wein describes the 1956 concert as "the greatest performance of Ellington's career... It stood for everything that jazz had been and could be."

Ellington had lately been connecting the songs "Diminuendo in Blue" and "Crescendo in Blue" in a medley via a tenor solo from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves. At Newport, Gonsalves summoned a 27-chorus workout so inspired and transcendent that the audience was practically rioting by the time he had finished. Orchestra and audience both remained at a fever pitch for the rest of the show (vividly captured on the live album Ellington at Newport),

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Duke Ellington - The Legendary 1956 NEWPORT JAZZ FEST w/ 27 chorus sax solo

In the annals of jazz history the Duke Ellington set at the July 7, 1956 Newport Jazz Festival occupies mythic status. As this clip makes reference to, Paul Gonsalves, Duke's tenor saxophonist, got a full head of steam going and proceeded to roar through chorus after chorus of permutations on the blues-based composition "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue".

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Condition New
Format LP
Label Mobile Fidelity
Color Black