Duke Ellington: Anatomy Of A Murder CD Track Listing

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Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
Originally Released 1959\nRemastered + Expanded CD Edition Released April 27, 1999\n\nAMG EXPERT REVIEW: By the time of Duke Ellington's engagement to write and record the music for Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder, he was an elder statesman of jazz. He'd performed in, and contributed music to, various movies before, but those were almost all short subjects or B-musicals, or confined to a handful of numbers (Belle of the Nineties) -- Anatomy of a Murder, by contrast, was a four-star feature film with a first-class cast (led by James Stewart, Lee Remick, and Ben Gazzara) and director. He rose to the occasion, creating a virtuoso jazz score -- moody, witty, sexy, and -- in its own quiet way -- playful. Ellington naturally subordinated his music to the action in the film, but "Midnight Indigo," "Flirtibird," "Happy Anatomy," and "Sunswept Sunday" (the latter highlighted by Jimmy Hamilton's clarinet theme) would have slotted in nicely in other contexts, on any of his standard albums. The 1999 reissue (Columbia-Legacy 65569) includes several unedited studio performances by the band, some variant performances and arrangements, an open-ended Ellington interview intended to publicize the film and the album, and rehearsal excerpts. The main difference from the original LP or the earlier foreign CD reissue is that, in going to the original session tapes, this reissue misses the heavy layer of echo added to the original LP, bringing the detail and presence of the original band performances much closer. -- Bruce Eder\n\nAmazon.com Editorial Review\n"I like playing with music and its relationship to the theater, particularly in the supporting role," Duke Ellington remarked in an audio interview from the reissue of his splendid soundtrack to Otto Preminger's 1959 film, Anatomy of a Murder. "Doing the score for a picture really calls for being along with the action and absorbing all of the atmosphere [of] everything taking place in the picture." But as this CD--which includes 14 alternate takes--shows, the syncopated swing and soul Ellington and his men lay down steal the show. Just as Preminger moves and shapes his actor's characters, Ellington creates musical motifs that bring out the best in his musicians as well as the story line. The orchestra sets the pace with the fanfare-ish "Main Title," with tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves's candlelight tones. Johnny Hodges's upwardly mobile alto-sax cries signify the femme-fatale, hip-swinging rhythms of "Flirtibird," which segues into the finger-snapped "Way Early Subtone," with Russell Procope's cool clarinet. Other standouts include the ballad "Low Key Lightly," costarring Ellington's regal piano and Ray Nance's serenading violin, while "Midnight Indigo" is harmonically haunted by Ellington's crystalline celesta chords, Billy Strayhorn's telepathic piano comping, and Harry Carney's soul-stirring baritone sax. The insightful and authoritative notes by historian Phil Schaap and Wynton Marsalis, along with the alternate and rehearsal takes, give the listener a comprehensive overview into the movie's themes of murder, romance, and intrigue that Duke Ellington so brilliantly augmented and illuminated through jazz improvisation, big-band orchestration, and the blues. --Eugene Holley Jr. \n\nFrom Jazziz\nRarely has such sumptuous jazz been married to a film soundtrack. Written in 1959 for director Otto Preminger's courtroom drama of sex and jealousy, the burnished glow of Ellington's score is undeniably erotic - indeed, the powerfully charged, slow burn of the second track here, "Flirtibird," is among Ellington's most sensual recordings.\nClassic film scores build on recurring motifs that identify characters and situations, amplifying their existence for the viewer through the sense of hearing. The "flirty bird" of the title - Lee Remick's Laura Manion - is evoked early on by a six-note phrase, with emotional hues that undergo dramatic changes every time it reappears along the score's course. "Way Early Subtone" expands on that phrase in a passionate, extended coda that tries to rekindle the flame; by the time of "Almost Cried," the melody has taken on a deep, hard-edged sadness.\n\nThe Ellington orchestra sounded exquisite in the early summer sessions that produced this soundtrack. With a burnished sonic brilliance reminiscent of the glorious 1940 "Blanton/Webster" edition of the band, and soloists like Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonsalves (whose masterful tenor saxophone solo on "Hero To Zero" is surrounded by some truly adventurous harmonies), Ellington's tightly woven soundtrack took on a life independent of its original context. In doing so, it became one of Duke's most satisfying albums. --- Larry Nai, JAZZIZ Magazine Copyright


: Music



  1. Duke Ellington - Main Title and Anatomy Of A Murder (03:58)
    Featuring Ray Nance and Jimmy Hamilton
  2. Duke Ellington - Flirtibird (02:14)
    Featuring Jobby Hedges
  3. Duke Ellington - Way Early Subtone (03:59)
    Featuring Russell Procope
  4. Duke Ellington - Hero To Zero (02:11)
    Featuring Harry Carney and Paul Gonzalves
  5. Duke Ellington - Low Key Lightly (03:39)
    Featuring Ray Nance
  6. Duke Ellington - Happy Anatomy (Band-Movie) (02:35)
    Featuring Clark Terry and Paul Gonzalves
  7. Duke Ellington - Midnight Indigo (02:46)
  8. Duke Ellington - Almost Cried (Studio) (02:26)
    Featuring Shorty Baker
  9. Duke Ellington - Sunswept Sunday (01:53)
    Featuring Jimmy Hamilton
  10. Duke Ellington - Grace Valse (02:30)
  11. Duke Ellington - Happy Anatomy (P.I. Five) (01:28)
    Featuring the P.I. Five
  12. Duke Ellington - Haupe (02:37)
    Featuring Jonny Hodges
  13. Duke Ellington - Upper And Outest (02:23)
    Featuring Cat Anderson
  14. Duke Ellington - Anatomy Of A Murder (Stereo Single) (02:44)
    Stereo Single
  15. Duke Ellington - Merrily Rolling Along (AKA Hero To Zero) + Sunswept Sunday (Movie Stings & Rehearsal) (03:49)
    Movie Stings and Rehearsal
  16. Duke Ellington - Beer Garden (Previously Unissued) (01:53)
  17. Duke Ellington - Happy Anatomy (Band-Studio) (02:43)
  18. Duke Ellington - Polly (AKA Grace Valse, Haupe, Low Key Lightly, Midnight Indigo) (03:35)
  19. Duke Ellington - Polly (Movie Stings) (03:53)
    Movie Stings
  20. Duke Ellington - Happy Anatomy (Dixieland) (02:15)
  21. Duke Ellington - More Blues (P.I. Five) (02:15)
  22. Duke Ellington - Almost Cried (AKA Flirtibird) (02:13)
  23. Duke Ellington - Sound Track Music: Anatomy Of A Murder (Duke Ellington A La Guy Lombardo) (02:29)
    Duke Ellington a la Guy Lombardo
  24. Duke Ellington - Anatomy Of A Murder (Mono Single Mix In Stereo) (02:36)
    Mono Single:In Stereo
  25. Duke Ellington - The Grand Finale (Rehearsal + Lines + Interview + Music + Stings + Murder) (10:47)
  26. Duke Ellington - Pause Track (00:05)

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