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Videos: Wild Bill Davis + Duke


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Earlier this week, I posted on the tasty genius of organ pioneer Wild Bill Davis. Here are two videos featuring Davis, both with Duke Ellington. On one, he joins the band on Satin Doll. On the other, you get to hear what April in Paris might have sounded like had he made it to the 1955 Count Basie recording session for Verve:

Here's Davis's first recording of Ellington-Strayhorn's Satin Doll in 1959 backed bywith George Clarke (ts) Bill Jennings (g) and Grady Tate (d)...

Here's Davis with Ellington on Satin Doll—twice in 1969...

Here's Davis's recording of April in Paris at Birdland in 1954, with his “one more time" sequence at the end that Basie picked up when using Davis's arrangement in 1955...

And here's Davis with Duke Ellington in Berlin in 1969 performing April in Paris...

And here's the famed Basie recording of April in Paris in 1955...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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