Activity: In Daybreak Express , Duke Ellington featured trumpeter Cootie Williams and the saxophone section of the band to describe the movement of the train. His introductions could be long or short, but they were always just right for the song that was to be played. Activity: Follow the introduction to Sophisticated Lady with the guide below: Count the seconds that elapse before the band enters. He would introduce the songs before the band would start to set the mood and the rhythm, or sometimes to call all the members of the band to the stage to get them ready to perform. These sorts of details conform to one type of success narrative, that of a determination coupled with naivete but facilitated by some lucky breaks nonetheless Ellington also gave Pennebaker the rights to use the music. The camera is basically placed on an express train and we get countless images from the city with all of them connected by the fact that the sun is rising.
Series Title: ; , no. Feedback Send the Editors a about this record. Duke Ellington loved trains, and he and his band spent long hours on them traveling all over the United States. Still it's not entirely bad and certainly an okay difference to the uncountable number of cartoons made by Disney, Warner Bros. The train or the image of trains has been a metaphor for the road to freedom in African American culture. From the carriage window we view the backs of factories and the grimy streets that lie beyond the impressive skyscrapers and neo-classical facades of the inner city. Duke Ellington, the Pianist Duke Ellington used the piano in many ways.
The director here knows well that, with the right music, the images work twice as effectively; in a way this is like one of the early, rough kind of music videos. Going back to the Underground Railroad during the Civil War, the train has represented a road to freedom and a better life. Retrieved January 29, 2019, from. Matrix number: 24501A Catalog number: 24501-A Notes The recording on the other side of this disc:. It's extraordinary not necessarily for what is shown alone, though first timer D. We see lots of stark monumental railway architecture silhouetted against the morning skies, 1950's commuters in trilby hats and overcoats, and swirling images as the trains plunge into central New York.
The preferred versions suggested by an audio engineer at George Blood, L. I'd recommend it to most people, which is a type of recommendation that I've never really given to most experimental film. He selected players for their distinctive voices, learned to downplay their weaknesses and emphasize their strengths, wrote to highlight them singly. But, this short is fun and amusing enough to entertain most people, especially those with some minor-major interest in cinema. Duke Ellington was fascinated with the railroad from early in his career and often made literary and musical reference to trains in his compositions for his orchestra.
Some of the pieces are entirely devoted to recreating the sound and image of a train. This one here is a 5-minute short film by writer and director D. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. At the time, voiceover narration, uniform and aesthetically pleasing composition, and linear editing were commonly felt to convey an appropriate sense of distance, cementing the dichotomy of subject and object. Upon completion of the three day shoot, Pennebaker then faced the obstacle of how to get that film into a form suitable for projection: he also had no idea how to edit it, so as with other myths and legends surrounding the process of creation, the footage languished in the back of a cupboard for years until someone showed him how.
A brisk little film, beautifully photographed, around the 3rd Avenue Elevated railway in New York. Pennebaker is still alive today, turned 90 this year, an Oscar nominee and Honorary Oscar recipient. It provides a vivid picture of a train speeding down the railroad tracks, with its sounds and bouncing rhythms heard and felt in the music. One of his most beautiful is the one used to introduce Sophisticated Lady, one of his most popular compositions. In the early 20th century one of the few high paying and glamorous for the time jobs available to African Americans was working on the railroad in a variety of capacities.
. Details: Master and use copy. It therefore seems fitting that, as with the Ellington composition, Daybreak Express displays a willingness to strip back the exigencies of aesthetic formalism. He approached a local theatre and asked how he could get his film shown in the cinema. As such, Daybreak Express can be read as a response to that aesthetic, a response that itself would become increasingly utilised in the service of documentaries that conformed well to the requirements of the dramatic narrative, and that translate well into ratings or cinema admissions. Citation Discography of American Historical Recordings, s. The majority of these recordings are listed under the year they were recorded, rather than released.
There's a lot of quick edits and the focus never stays on one thing for too long but this works perfectly well against the Duke Ellington music score that is going throughout the picture. Responsibility: by Duke Ellington ; transcribed and edited by Gunther Schuller. He did buy one more roll and was surprised to find that he needed both and even had to buy a few more. Although renting seemed the better deal, he was advised that this was often not the case, since this was entirely dependent on the run of the feature the film would precede. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Ellington Digitized at 78 revolutions per minute.