...And His Mother Called Him Bill
...And His Mother Called Him Bill is a studio album by Duke Ellington recorded in the wake of the 1967 death of his long-time collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. It won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1969.
|...And His Mother Called Him Bill|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||August 28, 1967–November 15, 1967|
|Studio||Coast Recorders, San Francisco; RCA Studio A, New York City|
|Length||46:12 (Original LP) 71:52 (CD Re-issue)|
|Producer||Steve Backer, Brad McCuen|
|Duke Ellington chronology|
Recording and music
The album was recorded in August and November 1967. The material is Strayhorn's compositions, including some that had not previously been recorded. Ellington chose the songs to demonstrate Strayhorn's versatility and range, as well as to pay homage to the qualities that he most admired in his late writing partner.
"Blood Count" was Strayhorn's last composition, written for the Ellington Orchestra's 1967 concert at Carnegie Hall. Another piece with a medical-related title is "U.M.M.G.", short for 'Upper Manhattan Medical Group'. The 1951 composition "Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note" showcases Cootie Williams, Jimmy Hamilton, and John Sanders.
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz|
...And His Mother Called Him Bill won the Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1969. The AllMusic reviewer wrote that, "For a man who issued well over 300 albums, this set is among his most profoundly felt and very finest recorded moments."
All compositions by Billy Strayhorn except where noted
- Snibor - 4:13
- Boo-Dah - 3:26
- Blood Count - 4:16
- U.M.M.G. - 3:13
- Charpoy - 3:06
- After All - 3:51
- The Intimacy of the Blues - 2:57
- Raincheck - 4:35
- Day Dream - 4:23 (Strayhorn-Ellington)
- Rock Skippin' at the Blue Note - 3:01
- All Day Long - 2:56
- Lotus Blossom - 3:54
- Acht O'Clock Rock - 2:21 (Ellington)
- Raincheck (Take 4) - 5:22
- Smada (Take 3) - 3:20 (Strayhorn-Ellington)
- Smada (Take 4) - 3:18
- Midriff - 4:34
- My Little Brown Book - 4:11
- Lotus Blossom (Trio Version) - 4:55
- Duke Ellington – piano
- Mercer Ellington – trumpet
- Cat Anderson – trumpet
- Herbie Jones – trumpet
- Cootie Williams – trumpet
- Clark Terry – flugelhorn
- Lawrence Brown – trombone
- Buster Cooper – trombone
- Chuck Connors – bass trombone
- John Sanders – valve trombone
- Johnny Hodges – alto saxophone
- Russell Procope – clarinet and alto saxophone
- Jimmy Hamilton – clarinet and tenor saxophone
- Paul Gonsalves – tenor saxophone
- Harry Carney – baritone saxophone
- Aaron Bell – double bass
- Jeff Castleman – double bass
- Steve Little – drums
- Sam Woodyard – drums
- Jurek, Thom. "...And His Mother Called Him Bill". AllMusic. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 438. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- "Duke Ellington". grammy.com. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
- "...And His Mother Called Him Bill - Duke Ellington | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2017.