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Sunday, 22 May 2011

The Ellington All Stars - In A Mellow Tone

(stereo), Riverside / Polydor 673 026 (UK), 1958 (UK reissue of Clark Terry's 1957 U.S. album on Riverside RLP 12-246, "Duke With A Difference")
The great trumpeter Clark Terry is heard here with two different line-ups, both featuring Johnny Hodges, in an all-Ellington programme which, originally released in 1957, was called "Duke With A Difference".  Here entitled Ellington All-Stars - "In A Mellow Tone", this Riverside reissue has all of the original album's tracks save one; inexplicably omitted is the Duke's "In A Sentimental Mood".  Be that as it may, the selections here certainly sound a bit different when compared with their previously recorded Ellington versions.
The personnel includes Clark Terry, trumpet, all arrangements except 'Come Sunday; Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone; Paul Gonsalves, tenor saxophone; Quentin Jackson or Britt Woodmann, trombone; Tyree Glenn, trombone and vibes ('C Jam Blues' & 'Mood Indigo' only); Billy Strayhorn, piano (on 'Come Sunday' only); Jimmy Woode, bass; and  Sam Woodyard, drums.
The selections include 'C Jam Blues, 'Cottontail', 'Just Squeeze me', 'Mood Indigo', 'Take The 'A' Train', 'In A Mellow Tone', and 'Come Sunday', all written by Ellington except 'A Train', by Billy Strayhorn.  A very satisfying album by some of Duke's most illustrious alumni.

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