by Duke Ellington & His OrchestraDuke Ellington & His Orchestra


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The first 13 selections on this CD complete the reissue of the studio recordings of the classic 1939-1942 Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. Among the more notable selections are "Perdido," "The 'C' Jam Blues," "What Am I Here For," "Main Stem," and "Johnny Come Lately." The other nine numbers are much rarer than those Victor records, for they are V-discs cut during the recording strike of 1942-1944, primarily remakes of earlier Ellington hits. Although not quite essential (the Victors are easily available domestically), this set nevertheless has plenty of memorable performances by Ellington's World War II band.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/1996
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517086723
catalogNumber: 867
Rank: 123759


  1. Perdido
  2. C Jam Blues
  3. Moon Mist
  4. What Am I Here For?
  5. I Don't Mind
  6. Someone
  7. My Little Brown Book
  8. Main Stem
  9. Johnny Come Lately
  10. Hayfoot, Strawfoot
  11. Sentimental Lady
  12. A Slip of the Lip (Can Sink a Ship)
  13. Sherman Shuffle
  14. Boy Meets Horn
  15. Hop, Skip and Jump
  16. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
  17. Main Stem
  18. Creole Love Call
  19. The Mood to Be Wooed
  20. My Little Brown Book
  21. I'm Checkin' Out -- Go'om Bye
  22. Tootin' Through the Roof

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Hibbler   Violin,Vocals
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Herb Jeffries   Vocals
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Jimmy Blanton   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Fred Guy   Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet
Shelton Hemphill   Trumpet
Claude Jones   Trombone
Wilson Myers   Bass
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Juan Tizol   Trombone,Valve Trombone
Elbert Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Elmer "Skippy" Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Junior Raglin   Bass,String Bass
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Chauncey Houghton   Clarinet
Joseph Nanton   Trombone

Technical Credits

Frankie Laine   Composer
Mercer Ellington   Composer
Barney Bigard   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer,Director
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Paul McGrane   Composer
Ted Persons   Composer
Hans Lengsfelder   Composer

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