Well, the first day on my new work schedule is over (Disclaimer: it blew) so now I’m trying to relax a little with a few Grillem’s, some kale salad and a glass of Brimstone Brewery‘s Last Ride along with a little live Jazz Boner with this ‘Carnegie Hall Concerts: December 1944‘ album by Duke Ellington.
This was another of the great finds I found at The Bop Shop in Rochester, NY a few weekends ago.
This particular set was recorded at Carnegie Hall, in New York City in 1944 and released on the Prestige label in 1977.
At the time, the Ellington orchestra was undergoing some personnel (and personality) changes during this era, none of it terribly unexciting. This particular concert introduced Ellington’s ‘Perfume Suite‘, and includes a half-hour series of selections from ‘Black, Brown and Beige‘, but also in the shorter pieces shows the impact of tenorman Al Sears and high-note wizard Cat Anderson on the band’s sound, making it a more potentially boisterous and extroverted ensemble. My particular favorites include a terrific rendition of ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing‘ and ‘ Frankie & Johnny‘. So, yeah… lots of great moments from this brilliant orchestra occurred during this concert.
Well, let’s just say that’s it’s doing well to bring me back down from the brink of total mental collapse after a long day in Corporate Hell. And if really digging my big band jazz lately is wrong then, baby, I don’t wanna be right.