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Duke Ellington — Caravan
Album: Best of Duke Ellington
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Released: 1937
Length: 3:04
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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Oh that clarinet solo. As short as it is outstanding. The whole thing is just a jewel obviously.
oh, yazzzzz
Doesn't matter how old it is, it still has "that swing".
This must have driven all the vipers craaazzzy!
Not quite my tempo, but nice {#Smile}
Brilliant.
Just... excellent! Thanks!
 kcar wrote:
Jelani wrote:
OK, this is a total longshot...hmm, well maybe not on RP, but does anyone here remember a "Saturday morning cartoon" back in the mid sixties where there's actual B&W film footage of Duke playing the piano and there's an animated cartoon character dancing on his keys, or somewhere on his piano? This memory has stayed with throughout the years and I've never seen that 'clip' again.
And I was too young for psychedelics, so we don't have to explore that option. :-) 

  
 
nagsheadlocal wrote:

Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bix Beiderbecke, et al, made a number of cartoons in the early '30s in the format you describe. Betty Boop was a frequent "collaborator" and is probably who you are thinking about. You can find some of these cartoons on the Internet Archive (archive.org, search for Betty Boop) but most are no longer played due to their less-than-enlightened depictions of black people. 

 

nagsheadlocal is right: there seem to be quite a number of cartoons with jazz musicians and animated characters. Cab Calloway paired with Betty Boop quite often, including "Minnie the Mooch." 

But Jelani, the link below may lead you to the Duke Ellington film/animation you're looking for. Ellington is playing at a piano when four perfume bottles on a nearby pedestal ask if he would conduct them. Ellington agrees and leads them in his "Perfume Suite." A disagreeable troll-like animated character barges into the scene, dismissing the music and dancing. Duke's wizardry takes control over the troll who winds up dancing on the floor, the top of the piano AND the keys! 

Hope I have found your lost chord for you. A guy named Paul DeCamp said on YouTube that he'd been looking for this cartoon for 50-odd years, so your memory has company. 
"DATE WITH DUKE: A George Pal Puppettoon"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INT7nlUpvdc

 
Fabulous clip. Thank you!
MORE!   {#Smile}  {#Good-vibes}
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana_2}

The coolest, man!
Jelani wrote:
OK, this is a total longshot...hmm, well maybe not on RP, but does anyone here remember a "Saturday morning cartoon" back in the mid sixties where there's actual B&W film footage of Duke playing the piano and there's an animated cartoon character dancing on his keys, or somewhere on his piano? This memory has stayed with throughout the years and I've never seen that 'clip' again.
And I was too young for psychedelics, so we don't have to explore that option. :-) 

  
 
nagsheadlocal wrote:

Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bix Beiderbecke, et al, made a number of cartoons in the early '30s in the format you describe. Betty Boop was a frequent "collaborator" and is probably who you are thinking about. You can find some of these cartoons on the Internet Archive (archive.org, search for Betty Boop) but most are no longer played due to their less-than-enlightened depictions of black people. 

 

nagsheadlocal is right: there seem to be quite a number of cartoons with jazz musicians and animated characters. Cab Calloway paired with Betty Boop quite often, including "Minnie the Mooch." 

But Jelani, the link below may lead you to the Duke Ellington film/animation you're looking for. Ellington is playing at a piano when four perfume bottles on a nearby pedestal ask if he would conduct them. Ellington agrees and leads them in his "Perfume Suite." A disagreeable troll-like animated character barges into the scene, dismissing the music and dancing. Duke's wizardry takes control over the troll who winds up dancing on the floor, the top of the piano AND the keys! 

Hope I have found your lost chord for you. A guy named Paul DeCamp said on YouTube that he'd been looking for this cartoon for 50-odd years, so your memory has company. 
"DATE WITH DUKE: A George Pal Puppettoon"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INT7nlUpvdc
Genial! With a tip of the hat to Juan Tizol {#Cheers}
I love every version of this song. Of course, the Duke kills it!
You keep raising the bar Bill...but I can't rate a song an 11 or 12...
 
{#Bananajumprope}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}{#Bananajumprope}Makes me feel like dancing, it's just perfekt! 
a perfect 10. That is all.
GENIUS!
I hear this frequently on my all-night classic jazz fm station (there are only a few left).  Cool to hear it now.
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana}{#Motor}


{#Bananajam}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana}{#Motor}
Every time this song is played, I always remember one scene of Woody Allens Sweet and Lowdown {#Cowboy}
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajumprope}{#Bananasplit}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Dancingbanana}{#Motor}
..Ah...smooth as silk ....lovely sound
 Jelani wrote:
OK, this is a total longshot...hmm, well maybe not on RP, but does anyone here remember a "Saturday morning cartoon" back in the mid sixties where there's actual B&W film footage of Duke playing the piano and there's an animated cartoon character dancing on his keys, or somewhere on his piano? This memory has stayed with throughout the years and I've never seen that 'clip' again.
And I was too young for psychedelics, so we don't have to explore that option. :-) 

 
Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Bix Beiderbecke, et al, made a number of cartoons in the early '30s in the format you describe. Betty Boop was a frequent "collaborator" and is probably who you are thinking about. You can find some of these cartoons on the Internet Archive (archive.org, search for Betty Boop) but most are no longer played due to their less-than-enlightened depictions of black people. 
OK, this is a total longshot...hmm, well maybe not on RP, but does anyone here remember a "Saturday morning cartoon" back in the mid sixties where there's actual B&W film footage of Duke playing the piano and there's an animated cartoon character dancing on his keys, or somewhere on his piano? This memory has stayed with throughout the years and I've never seen that 'clip' again.
And I was too young for psychedelics, so we don't have to explore that option. :-) 
The older I get, the more I love this type of music - that has never happened to me with Classical though
Fantastic! Should have born on those ages!
oH MAN, THAT...SOUND,...scratches on the vinyl an all, this is sooo goood!!
Looooooove "Caravan". Have many versions of it at home. This is a fine one.
Oingo Boingo "Dead Man's Party" followed by some snappy Duke....I have happy feet.

Damn I LOVE this station!
I just LOVE the eclectic mix on Radio Paradise. I've found many artists that I enjoy that I wouldn't have found otherwise.
 johnjconn wrote:
I pity my grandparents who had to listen to this.
Long live Rock and Roll.
( Hope I die before I get old )

 

to late
This is not the Caravan recording I'm used to.  Just as awesome, though.  Maybe even more so.
Now this is cool. 
 jukes1 wrote:
Makes me wish iTunes had a "play something else" button.
 
I think you're not holding your iTunes correctly.
Have ya tappin yor feet and singen scat in no time.
Wonderful.
Makes me wish iTunes had a "play something else" button.
Throwing this into the mix is why I love RP. Great DJ.
stopped workin in the atx too :D  i'll blame it on the duke
 
Marr wrote:
I haven't heard this in so long. And the moment it started all work here at my desk stopped. :)
 
 


I haven't heard this in so long. And the moment it started all work here at my desk stopped. :)
 
Know what's funny?  The first notes of this, I said, "Mocean Worker!"
Sir Duke
Steppin' out, y'all.
 Shesdifferent wrote:
Just can't get into this time zone.
 
Listen to each soloist and try and find the emotion or character each one is trying to get across thru their instrument.  

That trumpet to me is a saucy young woman who has no problem speaking her mind, but I would hang around anyway cause she is so sexy.
Just can't get into this time zone.
Man, the real deal. Even in this very crude recording the genius shines through.
From an utterly underwhelming Joe Jackson cover to the real thing.

Could the contrast be any greater?
gracias!


Everybody in my hotel room loves this jazz standard...

 
wow.
Perfect follow up to Dead Man's Party. {#Jump}
 walk wrote:


you should listen again more carefully because this is Rock and Roll.
 
{#Dancingbanana_2}
 romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo good for the ears...
 
This song is soooo good for the ears...


Fixed it for you.  (You must not have been feeling good that day.  ;-)


Get in the groove and swing it—damn near rocking it.
That guy actually rocked the clarinet solo!

 SinisterDexter wrote:
I like the Black Sabbath version better.
 
Admittedly, BS's "Caravan" is a very good song.

 johnjconn wrote:
I pity my grandparents who had to listen to this.
Long live Rock and Roll.
( Hope I die before I get old )
 
You're still here?

 johnjconn wrote:
I pity my grandparents who had to listen to this.
Long live Rock and Roll.
( Hope I die before I get old )
 

you should listen again more carefully because this is Rock and Roll.
An open mind is a good thing!
I pity my grandparents who had to listen to this.
Long live Rock and Roll.
( Hope I die before I get old )
I like the Black Sabbath version better.
 ralphf wrote:
This type of unrestrained music will lead to the downfall of Western Civilization, I tells ya!
 
Amazing how long we've been downfalling. I blame John Philip Sousa myself. 
 WonderLizard wrote:
...Speaking of which...too bad this version faded out.
 
I WISH I had the original to upload - it would be beyond great to hear the WHOLE thing!  Still, a little is better than nothing at all.

 bluecshells wrote:

Please let me dance.....


  Nobody's stoppin' ya, kiddo.  In fact, allow me to join you - it's just too difficult to sit still to this one! {#Bananasplit}

Please let me dance.....


Saw Duke Ellington with Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald at the Van Wezel performing arts center in Sarasota. The treat of a lifetime.

 WonderLizard wrote:
The great thing about any of Ellington's bands is guessing who's doing which solo. Some are instantly identifiable like Johnny Hodges on alto sax, tho' on this cut it may very well have been Otto Hardwick, or Barney Bigard on clarinet—the others you guess at depending on the year of the recording. Nonetheless, any Ellington is worth the moment's investment. Speaking of which...too bad this version faded out.
 
Self edit: BTW, "Caravan" was composed by Juan Tizol, Ellington's trombonist.

This type of unrestrained music will lead to the downfall of Western Civilization, I tells ya!
 Geecheeboy wrote:
Creepy? As if it's ghost music?  Well it IS all played by people who are probably dead by now.  And it was recorded years ago, so we are listening to something from the past.... in a way I guess that can be considered "creepy."
 
You're probably dead right now, who knows, why am I reading your post?... that is creeeepy...
Just wonderful!!{#Notworthy} 10!!!
How anyone can give this musical pioneer a "1" or even a "2" is beyond me.  But I see there were 6 collective geniuses that did exactly that.  A 10 doesn't even cover it. 

{#Think}

Creepy? As if it's ghost music?  Well it IS all played by people who are probably dead by now.  And it was recorded years ago, so we are listening to something from the past.... in a way I guess that can be considered "creepy."
I find this music creeeeeeeepy.
The great thing about any of Ellington's bands is guessing who's doing which solo. Some are instantly identifiable like Johnny Hodges on alto sax, tho' on this cut it may very well have been Otto Hardwick, or Barney Bigard on clarinet—the others you guess at depending on the year of the recording. Nonetheless, any Ellington is worth the moment's investment. Speaking of which...too bad this version faded out.
I;m often underwhelmed by Duke Ellington, although I like a wide range of jazz/big band.  But this COOKS!
Blast from the past... indeed!

Totally awesome. Thanks Bill! {#Good-vibes}
 helgigermany wrote:

Papernapkin does not like oldies, he tells us everyday. But he is still around!

 

 

Yes, like some other guys who seem to be addicted to RP, though they don't like the music.


 RParadise wrote:
Man, if you don't like a Big Band sound, you're missing something in your soul.
 
Papernapkin does not like oldies, he tells us everyday. But he is still around!

No one compares. A class all his own...keeps me movin'!

 

Oscar Peterson - "Caravan" (Duke Ellington) Live (1986):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZdKsJfZyws


Man, if you don't like a Big Band sound, you're missing something in your soul.
Ok, eclectic is out of the way, can go back to playing oldies.
Not into this unless I am watching "Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day"
Wonderful, Bill.  Thank you for playing the Duke.{#Clap}{#Roflol}{#Bananapiano}{#Roflol}{#Clap}


This song is soooo good for the ears...


OUTSTANDING!

Just about any cover of this classic is also (usually) terrific.

It would be interesting to somehow remaster all of the gems of that era, although I fully realize part of their charm is in how they were recorded.