Duke Ellington’s polished “Satin Doll” 1


Note the beat-up bass Aaron Bell solos on!

Personnel: Ray Nance, Shorty Baker, Cat Anderson, Bill Berry, Ed Mullens (t), Lawrence Brown, Leon Cox, Chuck Connors (tb), Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges (as), Paul Gonsalves (ts), Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts), Harry Carney (bars), Duke Ellington (p), Aaron Bell (b), Sam Woodyard (d). NYC, Jan 9, 1962.

Like “Satin Doll”? I do too. I love the title, the music, and the lyric.

One comment on “Duke Ellington’s polished “Satin Doll”

  1. Jeffrey Levine Feb 21,2011 3:07 am

    I was intrigued by the stereo soundtrack on this video, with trumpets & saxes on the right, and rhythm section (including Duke’s piano) on the left. I thought 1962 was a bit early for stereo recording, but it may not have been. The article on stereo in Wikipedia indicates that stereo recordings were becoming common in the movie industry by the late 1950s. The first stereo vinyl LPs were released in 1957, and in 1960, a trendsetting radio station in Pittsburgh–KDKA (FM)–conducted tests of several different methods of FM stereo broadcast…
    So the answer is, No, it wasn’t too early. (I thought maybe the stereo effect was added afterwards, which is done sometimes on old monaural recordings (although probably not so effectively!)).

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