Duke Ellington: Medley – Things Ain't What They Used To Be / Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (1964)


Medley: Things Ain't What They Used To Be / Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me (1964)


Duke Ellington (piano)


All Star Road Band, Vol. 2 (Collectables)

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Duke Ellington (piano), Johnny Hodges (alto sax), Lawrence Brown (trombone),

Cat Anderson, Nat Woodard, Cootie Williams, Herbie Jones (trumpets), Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors (trombones), Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor sax), Russell Procope (alto sax, clarinet), Paul Gonsalves (tenor sax), Harry Carney (baritone sax), Peck Morrison (bass), Sam Woodyard (drums)


Composed by Mercer Ellington


Recorded: live at the Holiday Ballroom, Chicago, IL, May 31, 1964


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

This version of the best-known tune by Duke's son, Mercer, is quite different from Ellington's 1941 original. Played live in a dancehall, it is rousing and faster, with great dynamics; and 23 years later, Johnny Hodges plays even more lyrical, soulful, passionate and creative lines. Here the tune is the first half of a medley, the second being the much-loved "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me," with one of the most marvelous and memorable of all Duke's melodies. Trombonist Lawrence Brown is featured, playing creative thematic variations with great verve, rich tone and a fine lyrical feel. The medley is highly enjoyable stuff!

Reviewer: Dean Alger

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