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Published on Dec 13, 2008
In the early 1960s five jazz films were commissioned by a corporate sponsor -- one of which featured the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
"VIP's Boogie/Jam with Sam" are showcases for the band's phenomenal soloists and just about everyone in the band participates (except, notably, Hodges), including a stunning closer by Cat Anderson.
The soloists here are (in order):
VIP's Boogie - 1. Harry Carney (bars) 2. Jimmy Hamilton (cl)
Jam with Sam - 1. Harold "Shorty" Baker (tp) 2. Paul Gonsalves (ts) 3. Lawrence Brown (tb) 4. Russel Procope (as) 5. Bill Berry (tp) 6. Ray Nance (tp w/ mute) 7. Eddie Mullens (tp) 8. Cat Anderson (tp)
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.