Saturday, July 28, 2012
Daybreak Express (1933)--Duke Ellington and His Orch.
I finally have a 78 copy of Duke Ellington's Daybreak Express (above). I've always wanted to discover what kind of restoration job I can do on this classic, and you're about to hear it. The flip, Dear Old Southland, is included to make this a 3-D experience.
A brilliantly performed and conceived 1933 side--scary-good playing and ingenious effects. The flip is quite fine, too, but Daybreak is the reason to download this. It's pretty much Duke Ellington turning Tiger Rag into an accompaniment for a speeding locomotive. Think Pacific 231 without the extreme dissonance. Rockabilly, pepped up, and without a "buh-buh-baby" vocal. No train wreck, this.
To the Ellington: Daybreak Express/Dear Old Southland
Duke Ellington and His Orch., 1933. Victor 24501.