Portrait of Rex Stewart, Part I (Podcast #20-001)

Rex Stewart played cornet in the Ellington and from 1934-45. Part I of a look at Stewart’s work with the band. Continue reading

“…[H]e was an exciting player who made a big contribution during the years he was with us –  1934-45. He was extremely versatile and we made use of his virtuosity on “Trumpet in Spades” and “Boy Meets Horn.” His half-valved effects on the latter have never been forgotten, but he should not be judged only by demonstrations of that kind.”

– Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress



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Boy Meets Horn, the autobiography of Rex Stewart




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This transcription of Rex Stewart’s cornet solo on Morning Glory is from “Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart, and Ray Nance: Duke Ellington’s trumpet soloists 1940-1942”
by Bryan Wendell Bennet



The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



Fletcher Henderson

The Stampede (CD: “The Fletcher Henderson Story: A Study In Frustration” Essential Jazz Classics ‎– EJC55511)

Rec 14 May 1926,

Russell Smith, Joe Smith, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Benny Morton – trombone; Don Redman, Buster Bailey, Coleman Hawkins – reeds, Fletcher Henderson – piano; Charlie Dixon – banjo; Ralph Escudero – tuba; Kaiser Marshall – drums.


 

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(CD: “The Complete 1933-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra” Mosaic Records #248)

Trumpet In Spades

Recorded 17 July 1936, New York City

Arthur Whetsel, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Pete Clark, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Hayes Alvis – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

Boy Meets Horn 

Recorded 2 September 1938, New York City

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.



small groupsSugar Hill Shim-Sham/Tea And Trumpets
(CD: ”The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion and Okeh Small Group Sessions” Mosaic Records #235)

Recorded 7 July 1937, New York City

Rex Stewart, Freddie Jenkins – trumpet; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Harry Carney – baritone sax; Duke Ellington – piano; Brick Fleagle – guitar; Hayes Alvis – bass; Jack Maisel – drums.


centennial editionFat Stuff Serenade (CD: “Duke Ellington, The Centennial Edition” RCA Victor ‎– 09026-63386-2)

Recorded 20 March 1939

Rex Stewart, Louis Bacon – trumpet; Joe Nanton – trombone; Barney Bigard – clarinet; Duke Ellington – piano; Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer = drums.


djangoLow Cotton/Montmartre/Finesse (CD: “Djangologie/USA, Volumes 5-6” Disques Swing ‎– CDSW 8424/6)

Recorded

Rex Stewart – cornet; Barney Bigard – clarinet; Django Reinhardt – guitar; Billy Taylor – bass.


duke 100Tootin’ Through The Roof (CD: “Duke Ellington: The Columbia Years 1927-1962” Columbia 5176872)

Recorded 14 October 1939, Chicago

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Billy Taylor – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


highlightsMorning Glory (CD: “Highlights of the Great 1940-1942” Avid EMSC1143)

Recorded 6 March 1940, Chicago

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.;

Dusk (CD: “Highlights of the Great 1940-1942” Avid EMSC1143)

Recorded 28 May 1940, Chicago

Wallace Jones, Cootie Williams, Rex Stewart – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Ben Webster, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


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Without A Song  (CD: “Duke Ellington, The Centennial Edition” RCA Victor ‎– 09026-63386-2)

Recorded 2 November 1940, Chicago

Rex Stewart – cornet; Lawrence Brown – trombone; Ben Webster- tenor sax; Harry Carney – baritone sax; Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmie Blanton – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


circle vol 1Boy Meets Horn (CD: “World Broadcasting Series, Volume 1” Circle ‎ CCD-101)

Recorded 8 November 1943, New York City

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Dizzy Gillespie,Taft Jordan – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Skippy Williams, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Wilson Myers – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


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Harlem Airshaft (CD: “World Broadcasting Series, Volume 3” Circle ‎ CCD-103)

Recorded 1 December 1943, New York City

Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart, Taft Jordan, Ray Nance, Harold Baker – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, Otto Hardwicke, Skippy Williams, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


— Our closing music —-

0000120517It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.

 

Sittin’ In, Part II (Podcast #18-016)

Another set of visitors to the Ellington universe – Django Reinhardt, Don Byas, Rosemary Clooney and more!
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“According to biographer Charles Delaunay, when Reinhardt mounted the stage to rehearse with Duke Ellington on November 18, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio, the Duke asked him what Key the tune was in. Django told him that he didn’t understand what the word “Key” meant. When they translated it for him, he told Duke to not worry about the Key, just play. ”

-Django ‘n Duke, Gypsy Jazz UK

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The recordings heard on this podcast episode:



 

Greatest Concert

Very Tenor (LP: “The Greatest Jazz Concert In the World” Pablo  2625-070)

Recorded 26 March 1967, Carnegie Hall, New York City

Zoot Sims, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Hamilton – tenor sax; Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Herbie Jones, Mercer Ellington – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Buster Cooper, Chuck Connors – trombone; Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; John Lamb – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


 

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Diminuendo In Blue/Blow by Blow (LP: “Paris Jazz Party”  Affinity AFF 57)

Recorded 1 November 1969, Paris

Don Byas – tenor sax; Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Ambrose Jackson, Harold “Money” Johnson – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, François Guin, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, NorrisTurney, Johnny Hodges,  Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Victor Gaskin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.


SRO

C Jam Blues (CD: “S. R. O.” Denon 33C38-7680)

Recorded 1 November 1969, Paris

Archie Shepp – tenor sax; Cootie Williams, Cat Anderson, Mercer Ellington, Ambrose Jackson, Harold “Money” Johnson – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, François Guin, Chuck Connors – trombone; Russell Procope, NorrisTurney, Johnny Hodges,  Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Victor Gaskin – bass; Rufus Jones – drums.

 


 

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Ride, Red, Ride (CD: “Chefs-D’Œuvre & Insolites” Jazz Magazine Promo CD)

Recorded 10 November 1946, Chicago

Django Reinhardt – guitar; Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson, Harold Baker, Ray Nance – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Wilbur De Paris, Claude Jones – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Oscar Pettiford – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.

 


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Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho/The General Jumped At Dawn (CD: “The Treasury Shows, Volume 15” Storyville )

Recorded 27 October 1945, New York City

The Golden Gate Quartet – vocals; Shelton Hemphill,  Rex Stewart, Cat Anderson, Taft Jordan – trumpet; Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Otto Hardwicke, Johnny Hodges, Al Sears, Harry Carney -reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Fred Guy – guitar; Junior Raglin – bass; Sonny Greer – drums.


 

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Me and You/Blue Rose (CD: “Blue Rose” Columbia CK 65506)

Recorded 8 & 11 February 1956, Los Angeles (Rosemary Clooney) Recorded 23 January 1956, New York City (Duke Ellington Orchestra)

Rosemary Clooney – vocal; Willie Cook, Cat Anderson, Clark Terry, Ray Nance – trumpet; Britt Woodman, Quentin Jackson, John Sanders – trombone; Jimmy Hamilton, Russell Procope, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney – reeds; Duke Ellington – piano; Jimmy Woode – bass; Sam Woodyard – drums.


 

rare and live

The Mooche (CD: “Live and Rare” Bluebird ‎ 09026-63953-2)

Recorded 28 July 1965, Tanglewood, Massachusetts

Duke Ellington – piano; John Lamb – bass; Louie Bellson – drums; Arthur Fiedler – conductor; Boston Pops Orchestra


 

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Aurora Borealis (CD: “Collages” Folio ‎– EFVEi-002)

Recorded 24 July 1967, Toronto

Duke Ellington – piano; Ron Collier – arranger and conductor; Eric Traugott, Dick Van Evera, Guido Basso, Fred Stone – trumpet and flugelhorn; Butch Watanabe, Ray Sicora,  – trombone; Ron Hughes – baritone horn; Mary Barrow – french horn; Bernard Pilch, Moe Koffman, Rick Wilkins,Eugene Amaro, Garry Morgan – reeds; Ed Bickert – guitar; Pete Appleyard – vibraphone; Lenny Boyd – bass; Jerry Fuller – drums; String Section.


— Our closing music —-

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It’s Something You Ought To Know (Paul Gonsalves – “Ellingtonia Moods and Blues,” RCA Victor / RCA63562)

Recorded 29 February 1960, New York City

Paul Gonsalves- tenor sax; Johnny Hodges – alto sax; Ray Nance – cornet; Mitchell “Booty” Wood – trombone; Jimmy Jones – piano; Al Hall – bass; Oliver Jackson – drums.