Duke Ellington Rare Live Recordings 1952 – 53

Rare Live Recordings 1952 – 53 is a collection of live recording by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra.

It brings together recordings from:

  • 5th January 1952 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City (it’s also been said that this was actually recorded at the Carnegie Hall in New York) – all CD 1 and the first two songs on CD 2.
  • 29th April 1952 at The Armory, Yakima, Washington – tracks 10 to 18 on CD 2 and 1 to 4 on CD 3
  • 30th April 1953 at the McElroy’s Ballroom in Portland, Oregon – tracks 5 to 14 on CD 3
  • And an unknown venue in March 1952 provide tracks 3 to 9 on CD 2

Duke Ellington Rare Live Recordings 1952 - 53

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Songs On Duke Ellington Rare Live Recordings 1952 – 53

Disc: 1
1. The Hawk Talks
2. Frustration
3. Sultry Serenade
4. Sophisticated Lady
5. Perdido
6. I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
7. A Tone Parallel To Harlem
8. Take the ‘A’ Train
9. Medley: VIP’s Boogie, Jam With Sam
10. Monologue
11. Blues At Sundown
12. Skin Deep
13. Medley Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Mood Indigo, I’m Beginning To See The Light, Prelude To A Kiss, It Don’t Mean A Thing, Solitude, I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

Disc: 2
1. Tulip or Turnip
2. Basin Street Blues
3. Primping At The Prom
4. Johnny Come Lately
5. Moonstone
6. Time On My Hands
7. Margie
8. Chelsea Bridge
9. Midriff
10. Phalanges
11. VIP’s Boogie
12. Solitude
13. Summertime
14. My Little Brown Book
15. Good Girl Blues
16. The Hawk Talks
17. Take the ‘A’ Train
18. Happy Birthday To You

Disc: 3
1. Ting-a-ling
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. C Jam Blues
4. Passion Flower
5. Happy Go Lucky Local
6. Summertime
7. Warm Valley
8. Sultry Serenade
9. Hi Ya Sue
10. Sophisticated Lady
11. Things Ain’t What They used To Be
12. The Hawk Talks
13. C Jam Blues
14. Tenderly


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