This is a great list of Carney, but I'm surprised not to see La Plus Belle Africaine on it, as there are several nice recordings. My favorite of all Carney recordings though is the version of La Plus Belle Africaine from Winnepeg, May 25, 1973, which was released on LP for Ellington '87 (split - one side each - with a July 18, '56 Stratford set on the other side) - one of my favorite of all recordings, right up there with Coltrane, Dolphy, Garvin Bushell & company at the Village Vanguard in Nov. '61 and Duke's Queen's Suite. Carney sounds like a man on fire, and as if he wanted to make sure that everything he had to say was contained in this one solo because he might not get the chance again to say it- and how close he was - 18 months or so later, he would be gone.
Liner notes for the Ellington '87 LP were contributed by Andrew Homzy, so maybe he can contribute more about this great recording.
"Milan P. Milovanovic" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I think it is "Pyramid" with Carney all the way. Also he took some extensive
solo on BG Carnegie Hall 1938. Concert (please, look at the full, unedited
version of that concert, issued few years ago.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Fitzgerald"
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2007 7:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Harry Carney
> At 11:18 PM 2/3/2007, you wrote:
>>Someone on this list probably has encyclopedic knowledge of Duke
>>Ellington. In all my Ellington stuff, I can only think of two records
>>with solos by Harry Carney. Any recommendations?
> There are a bunch - some briefer than others. The following is by no means
> Sophisticated Lady (many - but not all - recordings)
> Frustration (many recordings)
> Got Everything But You (1928)
> I Must Have That Man (1928)
> Stepping Into Swing Society (1938)
> Jack The Bear (1940)
> So Far, So Good (1940)
> Cotton Tail (1940)
> Blue Goose (1940)
> At A Dixie Roadside Diner (1940)
> My Greatest Mistake (1940)
> Sepia Panorama (1940)
> Five O'Clock Whistle (1940)
> Sidewalks Of New York (1940)
> Jumpin' Punkins (1941)
> John Hardy's Wife (1941)
> Chocolate Shake (1941)
> The Brown-Skinned Gal (1941)
> I Don't Know What Kind Of Blues I Got (1941)
> Perdido (1942)
> I Don't Mind (1942)
> Work Song (from Black, Brown, & Beige) (1944)
> Prelude To A Kiss (1945)
> Black And Tan Fantasy (1945)
> In A Sentimental Mood (1945)
> Blues Is The Night (1946)
> Just You, Just Me (1946)
> My Honey's Lovin' Arms (1946)
> Memphis Blues (1946)
> Royal Garden Blues (1946)
> Golden Feather (1946)
> Progressive Gavotte (1947)
> Ultra Deluxe (1953)
> Falling Like A Raindrop (1954)
> Festival Junction (1956)
> Prima Bara Dubla (1958, with Gerry Mulligan)
> Villes Ville Is The Place, Man (1959)
> In A Mellotone (1959)
> Stay Awake (from Mary Poppins) (1964)
> Agra (from Far East Suite) (1966)
> A Chromatic Love Affair (1967)
> Carney also was featured clarinet soloist on Rockin' In Rhythm. He can be
> heard on bass clarinet on I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart and Black Beauty
> (both 1945). Early on he played alto and soprano as well and solos on alto
> on What Can A Poor Fellow Do and on soprano on Blue Bubbles (both 1927).
> Be careful in this early period since Otto Hardwick also played baritone
> (and bass sax) and some baritone solos are by him.
> I believe the DESOR discography - Duke Ellington's Story On Records - by
> Massagli, Pusateri and Volonte indicates soloists, so if you really want a
> comprehensive list, it should be able to supply the information.
> Lastly, FWIW, Carney led a few dates - 1946 for HRS (now on a Mosaic boxed
> set); 1947 for WAX (now on a Storyville CD); 1947 for Clef (on the Verve
> CD The Jazz Scene); 1954 for Clef (now on a Ben Webster Verve CD); and
> 1960 for Columbia.
> mike at jazzdiscography.com
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