Duke Ellington: Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me


Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me


Duke Ellington (piano)


Live at Carnegie Hall Dec. 11, 1943 (Storyville 1038341)

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Duke Ellington (piano), Al Hibbler (vocals), Rex Stewart (trumpet), Wallace Jones (trumpet), Harold 'Shorty' Baker (trumpet), Ray Nance (trumpet), Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton (trombone), Lawrence Brown (trombone), Juan Tizol (trombone), Otto Hardwick (clarinet, alto sax), Johnny Hodges (alto sax), Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor sax), Elmer 'Skippy' Williams (clarinet, tenor sax), Harry Carney (baritone sax), Fred Guy (guitar), Junior Raglin (bass), Sonny Greer (drums).

Composed by Duke Ellington & Bob Russell


Recorded: Carnegie Hall, New York, December 11, 1943


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Duke Ellington was both artist and entrepreneur. The composer who premiered his 45-minute tone poem Black, Brown and Beige at Carnegie Hall in 1943 was, within a few weeks, performing "Hayfoot, Strawfoot" at the Hurricane Restaurant (49th & Broadway, Dinners $1.50) from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Presently, Duke's "Concerto for Cootie" (1940) acquired lyrics to compete with what he called the "popular, sentimental ballads" then driving the music business. His Hurricane run concluded, Ellington returned to Carnegie Hall in late 1943 to memorialize his latest juxtaposition of art and commerce with a sweeping and sensitive performance.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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