Duke Ellington : "...and his mother called him Bill"

Duke Ellington : "...and his mother called him Bill"


Duke Ellington (piano) and his orchestra

RCA 3906

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Snibor
A2 - Boo-Dah
A3 - Blood Count
A4 - U.M.M.G.
A5 - Charpoy
A6 - After All
B1 - The Intimacy of the Blues
B2 - Rain Check
B3 - Day-Dream
B4 - Rock Skippin at the Blue Note
B5 - All Day Long
B6 - Lotus Blossom

Recorded on August 28, 1967, at Studio Coast Recorder, San Francisco, and November 15, 1967 at RCA Studios, New York City.

When Billy Strayhorn died of cancer in 1967, Duke Ellington was devastated. His closest friend and arranger had left his life full of music and memories. As a tribute, Ellington and his orchestra almost immediately began recording a tribute to Strayhorn, using the late arranger’s own compositions.
The album features well-known and previously unrecorded Strayhorn tunes that showcase his range, versatility, and, above all, the quality that Ellington admired him most for: his sensitivity to all of the timbral, tonal, and color possibilities an orchestra could bring to a piece of music.
Full of informality and soulful verve, these recordings feel like they are an afterthought, an unwillingness to completely let go, a eulogy whose final words are questions, elegantly stated and met with only the echo of their last vibrations ringing in an empty room, full of wondering, longing, and helplessness, but above all the point of the questions themselves: “Is this enough?” or “Can there ever be enough to pay an adequate tribute to this man?”
They are interesting questions, because only five years later we would all be saying the same thing about Ellington. For a man who issued well over 300 albums, this set is among his most profoundly felt and very finest recorded moments.

“… and his mother called him Bill” won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1969.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com