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Dr. Zarkov’s Tiki Lounge Playlist: April 10, 2013
On this week’s show we celebrated the august April birthday of the great American composer, band leader and master pianist, Duke Ellington, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and whose contributions to American music are indubitively incalculable yet perennially palpable.
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1) “It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing),” performed in 1932 by Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra, featuring Ivie Anderson on Vocal, Cootie Williams on Trumpet and Barney Bigard on Tenor Sax. Taken from the copacetic compilation: The Essence of Jazz Vocals.
2) “Memphis Blues,” the W.C. Handy tune sung by Mae West in the 1934 movie: Belle of the Nineties accompanied by The Duke Ellington Orchestra & the Duke himself on Piano, from the album: Come Up and See Me Sometime – 30 Original Mono Recordings 1933-1954.
3) “Mood Indigo,” the Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard tune recorded in the late 1930s or early 1940s by Britain’s own Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders on their anthology: Crazy Rhythm Hawaiian Swing.
4) “In a Mellow Tone,” the 1939 song composed by Duke Ellington and Milt Gabler recorded in 2005 by the 98-year-old ukulele master Bill Tapia from his CD: Livin’ It Live, including Ruth Davies on Bass and Akira Tana on Drums.
5) “I'm Checkin' Out, Goombye,” the Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn tune sung in 1956 by Rosemary Clooney/ taken from the collection: Jazz Singer, accompanied by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, featuring Jimmy Hamilton on Clarinet and Sam Woodward on Drums.
6) “In a Sentimental Mood” the 1931 Ellington composition recorded in 1955 by Art Tatum and taken from the anthology: Centennial Celebration, including Roy Eldridge on Trumpet, John Simmons on Bass and Alvin Stoller on Drums.
7) “The E and D Blues, (E for Ella, D for Duke),” taken from the 1957 LP: Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book, composed by Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and John Sanders, featuring the Duke himself on Piano and Paul Gonsalves on Tenor Sax.
8) “I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart,” the 1938 song by Duke Ellington, Harry Nemo and John Redmond, performed here by Stéphane Grappelli from his 1995 recording: Live at the Blue Note, including Grappelli on Violin, Bucky and John Pizzarelli on Guitars, and John Burt on Bass.
9) “The Gal From Joe's” sung by Nina Simone, accompanying herself on the Piano, taken from her Compact Jazz collection.
10) “Prelude to a Kiss,” The 1938 song by Duke Ellington and Irving Gordon from the 1963 LP: Wes Montgomery With Strings: Fusion! arranged and conducted by Jimmy Jones, including both Montgomery and Kenny Burrell on Guitars.
11) “Satin Doll,” composed by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer, recorded in 1963 by Nancy Wilson and appearing on the album: Yesterday's Love Songs Today's Blues, with the orchestra arranged and conducted by Gerald Wilson, featuring Harold Land on the Tenor Sax solo, along with Jack Wilson on Piano Paul Horn on Alto Sax, Al Porcino on Trumpet, Joe Pass on Electric Guitar, Jimmy Bond on String Bass and Kenny Dennis on Drums.
12) “The Jeep Is Jumpin’,” The 1938 song by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges, recorded by the famed pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams on her LP: Live at the Keystone Korner, recorded in 1977 in San Francisco, with Larry Gates on Bass and Eddie Marshall on Drums.
13) “(In My) Solitude,” the 1934 song by Duke Ellington and Eddie DeLange, recorded by Helen Merrill in Paris in 1986 and released on her CD: Music Makers, accompanied by Gordon Beck on Piano and Stephane Grappelli on Violin.
14) “Don't Get Around Much Anymore,” by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell sung and performed on Piano by Harry Connick Jr. on the soundtrack of the 1989 movie: When Harry Met Sally, featuring a big band arrangement by Marc Sahirman, with Jay Berliner on Guitar, Benjamin Jonah Wolfe on Bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts on Drums.