Duke Ellington November/December 1941
|Main Session Personnel|
|clarinet, tenor saxophone|
|clarinet, alto saxophone|
|clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone|
Recording Date:1941-11-01 - 1941-12-31
Venue Location:Los Angeles, CA
Soundtrack for a collection of soundies.
From ellingtonweb.ca: a href="http://www.dailymotion.com/visited/search/ellington/video/xrzl8_duke-ellingtonhot-chocolate"target=_blank> Hot Chocolate - Duke Ellington with Whitey's Lindyhoppers(1941)
Short 1941 video of Ellington's band doing CottonTail with Whitey's Lindy Hoppers providing the action.Ben Webster is soloing. This was one of five Soundies Ellington made, Soundies were like video juke boxes. Filming may have started as early as Nov 19, 1941 - the contract said "the week of Nov 24" and the band left Los Angeles for Eugene, Oregon on December 6. In an historical context, Pearl Harbour was bombed on December 7, the day the band started a week at Mayfair Theatre in Portland. It then played Dec 15 to 21 at Seattle's Palomar Theatre, then returned to LA before going east on Dec 29. The Soundies were the last films featuring the Blanton-Webster band, albeit without Blanton. Ivie Anderson and Barney Bigard left the band before Ellington's next film in 1942.
This Soundie appears to be an exact recreation of the number from Jump for Joy - the Ellington band is off-screen throughout, and see Marie Bryant and Paul White dancing and singing. Stratemann thinks the prominent bass part near the end is by Junior Raglin, and he tells us the final trumpet solo is by Ray Nance. Lyrics by Ellington and Sid Kuller.