Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band

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For the song originally titled "Never No Lament", see Don't Get Around Much Anymore.
Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
Compilation album by Duke Ellington
Released 2003
Recorded 1940-1942
Genre jazz
Label Bluebird Records (RCA)
Producer Orrin Keepnews, Steve Lasker
Duke Ellington chronology
1951 (2003) Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band The Alternative Takes: Vol. 10: 1947-1951 (2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band is a 2003 three-disc compilation combining the master takes of all the recordings by Duke Ellington's Orchestra during the years of 1940 to 1942 with an additional nine tracks, including five alternative takes and four new masters. While essentially an expanded re-release of 1990s The Blanton–Webster Band, the packaging, sound and updated notes make this, according to Allmusic, "truly worth either an initial investment or reinvestment".[2] All About Jazz: New York noted that these performances, from what is often considered "the band in its prime", "not only set the standard for big bands and jazz orchestras, but created an ideal near insurmountable to improve upon".[3] The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected this compilation as part of its suggested "Core Collection."[4]

Bassist Jimmy Blanton was only with the Ellington orchestra for two years, retiring in 1941 due to tuberculosis, and dying the following year at the age of 23. Despite this compilation's "Blanton-Webster Band" subtitle, Blanton does not appear on the final 17 tracks of the collection, having been replaced on bass by Alvin "Junior" Raglin.

Track list[edit]

Unless otherwise noted, all tracks by Duke Ellington.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "You, You Darlin'" (M.K. Jerome, Jack Scholl) – 3:19
  2. "Jack the Bear" – 3:15
  3. "Ko-Ko" – 2:39
  4. "Morning Glory" (Ellington, Rex Stewart) – 3:15
  5. "So Far, So Good" (Jack Lawrence, Jimmy Mundy, E.G. White) – 2:50
  6. "Conga Brava" (Ellington, Juan Tizol) – 2:54
  7. "Concerto for Cootie" – 3:19
  8. "Me and You" – 2:54
  9. "Cotton Tail" – 3:08
  10. "Never No Lament (Don't Get Around Much Anymore)" (Ellington, Bob Russell) – 3:15
  11. "Dusk" – 3:19
  12. "Bojangles" – 2:50
  13. "A Portrait of Bert Williams" – 3:09
  14. "Blue Goose" – 3:21
  15. "Harlem Air Shaft" – 2:57
  16. "At a Dixie Roadside Diner" – (Joe Burke, Edgar Leslie) – 2:45
  17. "All Too Soon" (Ellington, Carl Sigman) – 3:28
  18. "Rumpus in Richmond" – 2:46
  19. "My Greatest Mistake" (Jack Fulton, Jack O'Brien) – 3:27
  20. "Sepia Panorama" – 3:20
  21. "There Shall Be No Night" (Gladys Shelley, Abner Silver) – 3:05
  22. "In a Mellow Tone" (Ellington, Milt Gabler) – 3:19
  23. "Five O'Clock Whistle" (Kim Gannon, Gene Irwin, Josef Myrow) – 3:18
  24. "The Flaming Sword" – 3:06
  25. "Warm Valley" – 3:20

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Across the Track Blues" – 2:58
  2. "Chloe (Song of the Swamp)" (Gus Kahn, Neil Moret) – 3:24
  3. "I Never Felt This Way Before" (Al Dubin, Ellington) – 3:23
  4. "The Sidewalks of New York" (James W. Blake, Charles B. Lawlor) – 3:14
  5. "Flamingo" (Edmund Anderson, Ted Grouya) – 3:22
  6. "The Girl in My Dreams Tries to Look Like You" (Mercer Ellington) – 3:19
  7. "Take the "A" Train" (Billy Strayhorn) – 2:54
  8. "Jumpin' Punkins" (Mercer Ellington) – 3:33
  9. "John Hardy's Wife" (Mercer Ellington) – 3:28
  10. "Blue Serge" (Mercer Ellington) – 3:20
  11. "After All" (Strayhorn) – 3:19
  12. "Bakiff" (Tizol) – 3:23
  13. "Are You Sticking?" – 3:02
  14. "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" (Ellington, Strayhorn, Lee Gaines) – 3:33
  15. "The Giddybug Gallop" – 3:29
  16. "Pitter Panther Patter" – 3:03
  17. "Body and Soul" (Frank Eyton, Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) – 3:11
  18. "Sophisticated Lady" (Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) – 2:47
  19. "Mr. J.B. Blues" (Jimmy Blanton, Ellington) – 3:09
  20. "Ko-Ko" (alternate take) – 2:40
  21. "Bojangles" (alternate take) – 2:46
  22. "Sepia Panorama" (alternate take) – 3:24
  23. "Jumpin' Punkins" (alternate take) (Mercer Ellington) – 3:42
  24. "Jump for Joy" (alternate take) (Ellington, Sid Kuller, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:56

Disc three[edit]

  1. "Chocolate Shake" (Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:50
  2. "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" (Ellington, Webster) – 3:17
  3. "Clementine" (Strayhorn) – 2:53
  4. "Brown-Skin Gal (in the Calico Gown)" (Ellington, Webster) – 3:06
  5. "Jump for Joy" (Ellington, Kuller, Webster) – 2:50
  6. "Moon Over Cuba" (Ellington, Tizol) – 3:09
  7. "Five O'Clock Drag" – 2:49
  8. "Rocks in My Bed" – 3:06
  9. "Bli-Blip" (Ellington, Kuller) – 3:03
  10. "Chelsea Bridge" (Strayhorn) – 2:52
  11. "Rain Check" (Strayhorn) – 2:28
  12. "What Good Would It Do?" (Harry James, Buddy Pepper) – 2:44
  13. "I Don't Know What Kind of Blues I Got" – 3:13
  14. "Perdido" (Ervin Drake, H.J. Lengsfelder, Tizol) – 3:08
  15. "The 'C' Jam Blues" (Barney Bigard, Ellington) – 2:37
  16. "Moon Mist" (Mercer Ellington) – 2:58
  17. "What Am I Here For?" (Ellington, Frankie Laine) – 3:28
  18. "I Don't Mind" (Ellington, Strayhorn) – 2:49
  19. "Someone" – 3:09
  20. "My Little Brown Book" (Strayhorn) – 3:13
  21. "Main Stem" – 2:47
  22. "Johnny Come Lately" (Strayhorn) – 2:39
  23. "Hayfoot, Strawfoot" (Drake, Lengsfelder, Paul McGrane) – 2:30
  24. "Sentimental Lady" – 2:58
  25. "A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship)" (Luther Henderson, Jr.; Mercer Ellington) – 2:54
  26. "Sherman Shuffle" – 2:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Arrangements are by Duke Ellington, Mercer Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Ben Webster.

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Orrin Keepnews – producer
  • Steve Lasker – producer, digital transfers, restoration, liner editor, discography
  • Charles Harbutt – compilation mastering
  • Brian Priestley – liner notes, annotation
  • Ben Young – compilation supervisor
  • Erwin Gorostiza – design
  • Andrew Homzy, John Chilton, Tony Russell – liner editors
  • Scott Haag and Cynthia Sesso – photo research
  • Duncan P. Schiedt – photography
  • Joshua Sherman – A&R

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band at AllMusic
  3. ^ Donohue-Greene, Laurence. (June 2003) Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band All About Jazz: New York. Accessed September 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed. ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 430–431. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.