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Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Such Sweet Thunder (1957) 1999

(Dedicated to the Shakespearian Festival, Stratford, Ontario)

Such Sweet Thunder

Track list:

A1 01. Such Sweet Thunder {Cleo}
A2 02. Sonnet For Caesar
A3 03. Sonnet To Hank Cinq
A4 04. Lady Mac {Lady Macbeth}
A5 05. Sonnet In Search Of A Moor
A6 06. The Telecasters

B1 07. Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down) {Puck}
B2 08. Sonnet For Sister Kate
B3 09. The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl)
B4 10. Madness In Great Ones {Hamlet}
B5 11. Half The Fun (aka Lately)
B6 12. Circle Of Fourths

Bonus tracks:
— 13. The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) [Stereo LP Master]
— 14. Circle Of Fourths [Stereo LP Master]
— 15. Suburban Beauty [Master Take]
— 16. A Flat Minor [Preferred Take]
— 17. Cafe Au Lait {Lucky} [Preferred Take]
— 18. Half The Fun (aka Lately) [Alternate Take]
— 19. Suburban Beauty [Alternate Take]
— 20. A Flat Minor [Outtakes]
— 21. Cafe Au Lait {Lucky} [Outtakes] (Mono)
— 22. Pretty Girl (aka The Star-Crossed Lovers) [First Recording]
— 23. Pause Track

Personnel:

Piano: Duke Ellington
Trumpets: ‘Cat’ Anderson, Ray Nance, Clark Terry, Willie Cook
Trombones: Quentin Jackson, Britt Woodman, John Sanders
Saxophones: Russell Procope (cl,as), Jimmy Hamilton (cl,ts), Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Harry Carney (bs)
Bass: Jimmy Wood
Drums: Sam Waywood

Composed and Orchestrated by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn

#1-12: Originally released 1957 | Label: Columbia CL 1033
#13: previously unreleased, but contains a brief bit of issued material; orignally recorded 1957
#14: previously unreleased; orignally recorded 1957
#15: was first issued on Columbia CL 967; originally released 1957
#16,17: were first issued on (French) CBS 88653; orginally released 1984
#18,19: were first issued on an unlicensed collector’s album ‘Up-to-date’ 2006; originally released 1982
#20: contains some previously unreleased material. The issued portion first appeared on an unlicensed collector’s album ‘Up-to-date’ 2006; originally released 1982
#21,22: were first issued on an unlicensed collector’s album ‘Up-to-date’ 2006; originally released 1982

This compilation Released: 1999 | Label: Columbia/Legacy CK 65568

Recorded: at Columbia’s 30th Street studios (NY); August 1956-May 1957
Tuesday August 7, 1956
#20: A Flat Minor (outtakes)
#16: A Flat Minor (prefferred tk) [solo: tk3&6): Johnny Hodges (as); Paul Gonsalves (ts)]
#18: Half The Fun (aka Lately) (alternate tk)
#11: Half The fun (aka Lately) [solo: Johnny Hodges (as)]
#19: Suburban Beauty (alt tk)
#15: Suburban Beauty (Master tk) [no solos]

Friday December 6, 1956
#21: Cafe Au Lait {Lucky} (outtakes)
#17: Cafe Au Lait {Lucky} (preferred tk)[solo: Ray Nance (tp)]
#22: Pretty Girl (first recording) -aka The Star-Crossed Lovers [Solo: Johnny Hidges (as)]

Monday April 15, 1957
#02: Sonnet For Caesar [solo: Jimmy Hamilton (cl)]
#05: Sonnet In Search Of A Moor [solo: Jimmey Woode (b)]
#08: Sonnet For Sister Kate [solo: Quentin ‘Butter’ Jackson (tb)]

Wednesday April 24, 1957
#07: Up And Down, Up And Down (I Will Lead Them Up And Down) {Puck} [solo: Clark Terry (tp)]
#01: Such Sweet Thunder {Cleo}
#04: Lady Mac {Lady Macbeth} [solo: Duke Ellington (p); Russell Procope (as); Clark Terry (tp)]

Friday May 3, 1957
#03: Sonnet To Hank Cinq [solo: Britt Woodman (tb)
#06: The Telecasters [solo: Harry Carney (bs)]
#10: Madness In Great Ones {Hamlet} [solo: Cat Anderson (tp)]
#13: The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) [Stereo LP Master]
#09: The Star-Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) [solo: Johnny Hodges (as)]
#12: Circle Of Fourths
#14: Circle Of Fourths [Stereo LP Master] [solo: Paul Gonsalves (ts)]

Original Liner Notes: Irving Townsend

Original Recordings Produced by Irving Townsend

Produced for Reissue by Phil Schaap
Project director: Seth Rothstein

Researched, Restored & Remastered by Phil Schaap
Digital Mastering: Mark Wilder

Art Direction: Howard Fritzson
Reissue Design: Randall Martin
Liner Photography: Don Hunstein
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