Duke Ellington Treasury Shows Vol. 6 CD 1Duke Ellington (piano, arranger, leader), Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpets) Ray Nance (trumpet & violin), Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (trombones) AI Sears (tenor sax) Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet, tenor sax) Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxes) Harry Carney (baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet) Billy Strayhorn (piano & arranger) Fred Guy (guitar) Junior Raglin (bass) Sonny Greer (drums) AI Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis, Ray Nance (vocals) CD 2Duke Ellington (piano, arranger, leader), Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Shelton Hemphill, Cat Anderson (trumpets), Ray Nance (trumpet & violin), Joseph Nanton, Lawrence Brown, Claude Jones (trombones), AI Sears (tenor sax), Jimmy Hamilton (clarinet & tenor sax), Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwick (alto saxes), Harry Carney (baritone sax, clarinet, bass clarinet), Billy Strayhorn (piano & arranger), Fred Guy (guitar), Al Lucas (bass), Sonny Greer (drums), Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill (vocals) Take The “A” Train / (Back Home Again In) Indiana / Blue Serge / Ellington Bond Promo / The Wish I Wish Tonight / Jumpin’ Punkins / On The Sunny Side Of The Street / Ellington Bond Promo / Cotton Tail / Take The “A” Train / (Broadcast Return Into) New World A-Comin’ / I’m Beginning To See The Light Into Ellington Bond Promo / Johnny Come Lately / Yesterdays / Let The Zoomers Drool / Ellington Bond Promo / Boy Meets Horn / (Theme) Things Ain’t What They Used To Be / In A Mellotone / Riff’n Drill / The Last Time I Saw You How Deep Is The Ocean? / Riff Staccato/ Every Hour On The Hour / Harlem Air Shaft / (Theme) Take The ”A” Train / (Opening Theme) Take The ”A” Train / Jump For Joy / All At Once / Ellington Bond Promo / Ko-Ko / I Should Care / Go Away Blues / Tootin’ Through The Roof / Every Hour On The Hour / I’m Beginning To See The Light / (Theme) Take The “A” Train / (Theme) Take The "A" Train / Blue Belles Of Harlem / Body And Soul / The More I See You / Fanfare By Band / What Am I Here For? / Warm Valley / Ellington Bond Promo / Stompy Jones / (Theme) Take The “A” TrainThe approx. 40 tunes (1 hour & 20 min.) on this double-CD are radio broadcast performances from the Spring and Fall of 1945, made at theatres and military installations in the eastern and mid-western U.S., where Duke Ellington was not only out to please his audience, but also raise money for the war effort (WWII was still on) by selling bonds via the radio broadcasts. The repertoire is mostly Ellington hits from the 40’s, plus some from the 30’s – all tailored to please the live audience (including the folks who wanted to dance) as well as the radio audience. The genre is solid Ellington swing, including some dance tunes. The many vocals included here (mainly by Joya Sherill) gave consolation to the audience during the war years. As is normally the case with Duke Ellington, even though one has heard the same tune many times, it is performed completely differently each time so that one never tires of hearing it. This music shows Duke Ellington in his prime, and is an important addition to the collection of Ellington fans. Of the 40 tunes on this double-CD, Sunny Side of The Street, Cotton Tail, Harlem Air Shaft and Warm Valley are among the best. The sound quality has been enhanced greatly through re-mastering.