The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection

by Duke Ellington



The RCA Bluebird Centennial Collection with its single-CD/bonus-DVD combination is simply unbeatable for the money. In the case of Duke Ellington, one has to realize that any single-disc collection will be woefully inadequate, and this is no exception. However, of the 20 tracks included here, the cross section of material the composer and bandleader recorded for RCA is beautifully illustrated, beginning with "Black and Tan Fantasy" from October 1927. However, this volume also features seven previously unreleased recordings from two different sessions in 1941, including a stellar "Chelsea Bridge," "Moon Mist," "It's Square, but It Rocks," a moving "Sepia Panorama," "Love Like This Can't Last," "Are You Sticking?," and "In a Mellow Tone." These performances are worth the purchase price, but the DVD is even more compelling with no less than nine video selections that include two clips from Paramount shorts, among them "Symphony in Black" and "Record Making With Duke Ellington and His Orchestra," five clips from 1941, a selection from "Jamboree #7" from 1943, and an 11-minute interview with Ellington that was recorded for Radio Newsreel and is previously unreleased. In sum, this is a smart and compelling set for the Ellington fan and aficionado.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828766009026
catalogNumber: 60090


Disc 1

  1. Black and Tan Fantasy
  2. East St. Louis Toodle-Oo
  3. The Mooch
  4. Old Man Blues
  5. Mood Indigo
  6. Rockin' in Rhythm
  7. Stompy Jones
  8. Solitude
  9. Jack the Bear
  10. Ko Ko
  11. Concerto for Cootie
  12. Dusk
  13. Perdido
  14. Are You Sticking?
  15. Chelsea Bridge
  16. Love Like This Can't Last
  17. Moon Mist
  18. It's Square, But It Rocks
  19. In a Mellow Tone
  20. Sepia Panorama

Disc 2

  1. Symphony in Black
  2. Record Making With Duke Ellington and His Orchestra
  3. Hot Chocolate (Cotton Tail)
  4. I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good
  5. Flamingo
  6. Bli-Blip
  7. Jam Session
  8. Jamboree #7
  9. Interview With Duke Ellington

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Duke Ellington   Primary Artist,Piano
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Ray Nance   Trumpet,Violin,Vocals
Rex Stewart   Cornet
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Herb Jeffries   Vocals
Taft Jordan   Trumpet,Vocals
Louis Metcalf   Trumpet
Bubber Miley   Trumpet
Ivie Anderson   Vocals
Jimmy Blanton   String Bass
Wellman Braud   Sousaphone,String Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums,Maracas
Hayes Alvis   String Bass
Louis Bacon   Trumpet
Harold Baker   Trumpet
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Fred Guy   Banjo,Guitar
Jimmy Hamilton   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Jenkins   Trumpet
Nat Jones   Alto Saxophone
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton   Trombone
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Paul White   Vocals
Wallace Jones   Trumpet
Alvin Raglin   String Bass
Sandy Williams   Trombone
Otto Hardwick   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Marie Bryant   Vocals
Doug Hatton   Conductor
Randy Jackson   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mercer Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Rex Stewart   Author
Ben Webster   Arranger
Irving Mills   Composer
Freddie Slack   Composer
Bubber Miley   Composer
Edmund Anderson   Composer
Harry Carney   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Barry Feldman   Producer,Reissue Producer
Ted Grouya   Composer
Steve Lasker   Producer,Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Annotation,Tray Photo
Carl Sigman   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Rebecca Meek   Package Art Direction
Sid Kuller   Composer
Nathan Sedlander   Executive Producer

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