Heaven (Duke Ellington)

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12/15/11 – The Hale School Jazz Orchestra visits Foxborough High School.

From Wikipedia:
Ellington’s Second Sacred Concert premiered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York on January 19, 1968 but no recording of this actual performance has surfaced. The Second Sacred Concert was then recorded on January 22 and February 19, 1968 at Fine Studio in New York and originally issued as a double LP on Prestige Records and reissued on one CD , minus the tracks, “Don’t Get Down On Your Knees To Pray Until You Have Forgiven Everyone” and “Father Forgive”.[3] All the tracks can be found in the 27 CD box set The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973).

This concert is the first time Swedish singer Alice Babs recorded with the Ellington Orchestra. In the concert she sang “Heaven” and the wordless vocal, “T.G.T.T. (Too Good to Title)”. Cootie Williams has a “growl” trumpet feature on “The Shepherd (Who Watches Over the Night Flock)”. This piece is dedicated to Rev. John Garcia Gensel, Lutheran pastor to the jazz community. The climatic ending is “Praise God and Dance”, which comes from Psalm 150.

Track listing

All compositions by Duke Ellington
  1. “Praise God” – 3:09
  2. “Supreme Being” – 11:45
  3. “Heaven” – 4:55
  4. “Something ‘Bout Believing” – 8:12
  5. “Almighty God” – 6:32
  6. “The Shepherd (Who Watches over the Flock)” – 7:10
  7. “It’s Freedom” – 13:00
  8. “Meditation” – 3:10
  9. “The Biggest and Busiest Intersection” – 3:57
  10. “T.G.T.T. (Too Good to Title)” – 2:25
  11. “Don’t Get Down On Your Knees To Pray Until You Have Forgiven Everyone” – 5:13 Omitted from CD reissue
  12. “Father Forgive” – 2:49 Omitted from CD reissue
  13. “Praise God And Dance” – 10:49
  • Recorded at Fine Studio in New York on January 22 (tracks 3, 5, 7, 10 & 13) and February 19 (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 12), 1968.

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