The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World

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The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World
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Live album by Various artists
Released 1975
Recorded March 26, 1967, Carnegie Hall, New York City, July 1, 1967, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz
Length 182:09
Label Pablo
Producer Norman Granz
Duke Ellington chronology
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The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World is a 1967 live album featuring Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, T-Bone Walker, Coleman Hawkins, Clark Terry and Zoot Sims. It was released in 1975.[1]

Billy Strayhorn's "Blood Count" was debuted at the Carnegie Hall concert featured on the album. This was Strayhorn's last composition, he died a few months after the piece was recorded. [2]

This album marked the last recorded collaboration between Fitzgerald and Ellington and his orchestra.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow said that "In addition to having a somewhat immodest title, this three-CD set was not actually one single concert but two...the music on the reissue is often quite special...Maybe this really was "the Greatest Jazz Concert" after all". [1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One

  1. "Smedley" (Oscar Peterson) – 4:16
  2. "Some Day My Prince Will Come" (Frank Churchill, Larry Morey) – 4:59
  3. "Daytrain" (Peterson) – 5:53
  4. "Now's the Time" (Charlie Parker) – 8:26
  5. "Memories of You" (Eubie Blake, Andy Razaf) – 2:22
  6. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 2:45
  7. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 2:26
  8. "Wee Dot" (J.J. Johnson, Leo Parker) – 9:49
  9. "Moonglow" (Eddie DeLange, Will Hudson, Irving Mills) – 3:29
  10. "Sweet Georgia Brown" (Ben Bernie, Kenneth Casey, Maceo Pinkard) – 4:28
  11. "C Jam Blues" (Barney Bigard, Duke Ellington) – 6:12
  12. "Woman, You Must Be Crazy" (T-Bone Walker) – 9:08
  13. "Stormy Monday" (Walker) – 6:40

Disc Two

  1. "Swamp Goo" (Ellington) – 4:54
  2. "Girdle Hurdle" (Ellington) – 2:51
  3. "The Shepherd" (Ellington) – 6:33
  4. "Rue Bleue" (Ellington) – 2:44
  5. "Salome" (Raymond Fol) – 3:34
  6. "A Chromatic Love Affair" (Ellington) – 3:58
  7. "Mount Harissa" (Ellington, Billy Strayhorn) – 6:39
  8. "Blood Count" (Strayhorn) – 3:50
  9. "Rockin' in Rhythm" (Harry Carney, Ellington, Mills) – 3:40
  10. "Very Tenor" (Ellington) – 7:51
  11. "Onions (Wild Onions)" (Ellington) – 2:55
  12. "Take the "A" Train" (Strayhorn) – 5:29

Disc Three

  1. "Satin Doll" (Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Strayhorn) – 5:25
  2. "Tootie for Cootie" (Ellington, Jimmy Hamilton) – 6:45
  3. "Up Jump" (Ellington) – 3:38
  4. "Prelude to a Kiss" (Ellington, Mack Gordon, Mills) – 4:39
  5. "Mood Indigo"/"I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" (Bigard, Ellington, Mills)/(Ellington, Paul Francis Webster) – 6:08
  6. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) – 4:31
  7. "Don't Be That Way" (Benny Goodman, Mitchell Parish, Edgar Sampson) – 4:09
  8. "You've Changed" (Bill Carey, Carl T. Fischer) – 4:12
  9. "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" (Cole Porter) – 4:38
  10. "On the Sunny Side of the Street" (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh) – 2:14
  11. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Billy Rose) – 2:31
  12. "Day Dream" (Ellington, John La Touche, Strayhorn) – 4:49
  13. "If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight)" (Henry Creamer, James P. Johnson) – 3:18
  14. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:50
  15. "Cotton Tail" (Ellington) – 5:29

Disc One

Disc Two

  • Tracks 1-11: Duke Ellington and his orchestra
  • Track 12: Oscar Peterson with Duke Ellington and his orchestra

Disc Three

  • Tracks 1-6: Duke Ellington and his orchestra
  • Tracks 7-10: Ella Fitzgerald with the Duke Ellington orchestra
  • Tracks 11-14: Ella Fitzgerald with the Jimmy Jones trio
  • Track 15: Ella Fitzgerald with the Jimmy Jones trio and Duke Ellington orchestra

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

The Oscar Peterson trio
The Jimmy Jones trio
The Duke Ellington Orchestra

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Allmusic review". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  2. ^ Gary Giddins (18 May 2000). Visions of jazz: the first century. Oxford University Press. pp. 325–. ISBN 978-0-19-513241-0. Retrieved 13 March 2012.