Annotation

"Such Sweet Thunder", Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Columbia catalog #: CL 1033 (LP), 1957. Sony Music Entertainment/Columbia Legacy catalog #: CK 65568 (CD), 1999.

This is a re-release of the original 1957 recording for the "Such Sweet Thunder Suite", a work dedicated to The Shakespeare Festival, Stratford Ontario. "Such Sweet Thunder" premiered at the "Music for Moderns" concert at the Town Hall (NYC), in April, 1957. The premiere did not include the final track of the suite "Circle of Fourths" which was recorded four days later. This CD includes the original 12 tracks on the LP, and 10 alternate/preferred and outtakes. In addition, the CD includes a reproduction of the orginal LP liner notes written by Irving Townsend (producer on original recording), as well as comprehensive research notes written by Bill Berry (Ellington Orchestra trumpeter) and Phil Schaap (producer/researcher of the re-master). The research notes include: recording date and recording session number for each track (rehersal, alternate, preferred, master or outtake); the soloists for eack track; and previous releases of the tracks on the album.

Annotation last modified on 2006-01-08 01:41 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Such Sweet Thunder (Cleo)
3:22
2 Sonnet for Caesar
3:00
3 Sonnet to Hank Cinq
1:24
4 Lady Mac
3:41
5 Sonnet in Search of a Moor
2:22
6 The Telecasters
3:05
7 Up and Down, Up and Down (I Will Lead Them Up and Down) (Puck)
3:09
8 Sonnet for Sister Kate
2:24
9 The Star-Crossed Lovers (a.k.a. Pretty Girl)
4:00
10 Madness in Great Ones (Hamlet)
3:26
11 Half the Fun (a.k.a. Lately)
4:19
12 Circle of Fourths
1:50
13 The Star-Crossed Lovers (a.k.a. Pretty Girl) (stereo LP master)
4:17
14 Circle of Fourths (stereo LP master)
1:50
15 Suburban Beauty (master take)
2:58
16 A Flat Minor (preferred take)
2:36
17 Café au lait (preferred take)
2:45
18 Half the Fun (a.k.a. Lately) (alternate take)
4:12
19 Suburban Beauty (alternate take)
3:00
20 A Flat Minor (outtakes)
3:52
21 Café au lait (outtakes)
6:22
22 Pretty Girl (a.k.a. The Star-Crossed Lovers) (first recording)
8:55
23 [silence]
0:06

Credits

Release

trumpet: William "Cat" Anderson
Willie Cook
Ray Nance
Clark Terry
trombone: Quentin Jackson
John Sanders (US jazz trombonist)
Britt Woodman
arranger: Duke Ellington (American composer, pianist, & jazz bandleader)
Billy Strayhorn
composer: Duke Ellington (American composer, pianist, & jazz bandleader)
Billy Strayhorn

Release Group

Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/304472 [info]
Wikidata: Q833545 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Such Sweet Thunder [info]