The 10th Ellington program broadcasted by the Danish Radio in the mid-1980s is the third “Goodie” for the month of October.
As usual, it is available in the “Goodies of the Month” section of the DESS Lobby (DESS-rummet).
It was broadcasted on February 1, 1985 and the program was presented by Bjarne Busk.
It is focused on late compositions by Ellington and offers some really good listening.
It starts with Gigl (or Giggling Rapids) and Sophisticated Lady from the stockpile recording session of December 29, 1968. Gigl has a different arrangement than other versions of Giggling Rapids and Sophisticated Lady is played beautifully – not by Harry Carney as usual but by Johnny Hodges.
Next comes a take (-10) of “Short Sheet Cluster” from March 18, 1956. Some early takes were featured in program 9 and here we get the fully developed song with Clark Terry as the soloist.
Then the program moves on to the much underrated “Degas Suite” and Bjarne Busk gives the listeners three selection from it – “Copa II”, “Daily Double” (aka “Race”) and “Elos” – recorded at a stockpile session on December 3, 1968.
The program ends with “Toto” (aka “Afrique”) from the Togo Brava Suite recorded on June 29, 1971. Other parts of the suite were recorded on the same day or the day before.
An updated discography of the DR Ellington programs made available by DESS so far is available in the Ellington Archive in the section Music/ DR programs.