Duke Ellington - Ellington Uptown (180 Gram Vinyl Record)
Cut from the original mono tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
Legendary 1952 mono recording featuring performances by Paul Gansavles, Clark Terry, Juan Tizol and Billy Strayhorn
Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket
180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI.
In-stock and now shipping.
Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide ****
All Music **** "This LP explodes the critical line that the early '50s was a relatively fallow period for the Duke; any of these smoking, concert-length tracks will torpedo that notion. The young Louie Bellson was powering the Ellington band at that time, and his revolutionary double-bass drum technique and rare ability to build coherent drum solos are put to astounding use on his self-penned leadoff track, "Skin Deep," which was quite a demonstration piece for audiophiles at the time. Old favorites from the Ellington hit parade are given extended treatments, with singer Betty Roche taking the A-train for a bebop-flavored ride, "The Mooche" spotlighting clarinetists Jimmy Hamilton and Russell Proscope, and Ellington's boogie-woogie piano kicking off a super-charged "Perdido" for trumpeter Clark Terry. The centerpiece of the disc is a sharply drawn, idiomatically swinging, probably unbeatable performance of "A Tone Parallel to Harlem" that lays waste to any of the "symphonic" versions that turn up frequently at pop concerts. Another feature of this record is the great sound quality, a benefit of being entrusted to Columbia's best engineers."